3 waves of winter targeting Minnesota Sunday-Tuesday

Ice in Southern Minnesota, snow for most other locations.

Snow lovers can pretty much forget about getting a foot of snow with the next storm system set to usher in winter weather Sunday-Tuesday in Minnesota, but there will be plowable snow for some and ice for others. 

Here's what's expected to happen, according to the forecast discussion from the National Weather Service-Twin Cities. 

The 1st wave

  • Where: Around the I-94 corridor and north. 
  • Timing: Early Sunday morning through Sunday evening. 
  • Precipitation type: Snow.
  • How much: 1-2 inches from Central Minnesota to Western Wisconsin, 4-6 inches on a Fargo-Brainerd-Duluth line. 

The 2nd wave

  • Where: Central and southern Minnesota.
  • Timing: Beginning Monday morning. 
  • Precipitation type: Wet snow for most, but freezing rain potential is higher along and south of a line from Mankato to New Richland to Ladysmith, Wisconsin. 
  • How much: 1-3 inches where it snows. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice where freezing rain falls. 

The 3rd wave

  • Where: Central and southern Minnesota.
  • Timing: Late Monday night through Tuesday. 
  • Precipitation type: Snow. 
  • How much: An additional inch. 

When it's all said and done, residents in southern Minnesota can expect 1-2 inches, 2-3 inches in the Twin Cities and higher amounts the further north you go. 

Duluth, Walker, Brainerd and other locations in north-central Minnesota could get 4-6 inches on Sunday alone, with up to 8 inches along the North Shore. 


Paul Huttner of the MPR Weather Blog says the Canadian weather model is printing out much heavier snowfall totals on Monday for the Twin Cities, with perhaps as much as 6 inches on Monday alone. 

Huttner isn't discounting that possibility because the Canadian model has been very accurate with the last few storm systems, he says. 

I guess we'll find out. 

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