After the abnormally mild weekend, including a record-setting high temperature Monday morning in the Twin Cities, we're transitioning back to reality.
An area of precipitation will push through the region Monday as colder air arrives, bringing a mix of rain, sleet and snow throughout the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain warning for northwestern Minnesota, which made travel difficult Monday. Many roads in the area were partially or completely covered with ice for the morning commute.
Here's a look at the storm's timing:
Monday morning: Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and mild in the Twin Cities. Area of sleet and freezing rain develop in southwest Minnesota.
Midday Monday: Rain showers likely in the metro with an icy mix expanding throughout southwest and central Minnesota.
Monday afternoon: Rain mixed with sleet in the Twin Cities. Rain/sleet/snow mix along and parallel with Highway 23 from Duluth, St. Cloud, Willmar, to Marshall. Travel will be very difficult in these areas.
Monday evening/night: Rain/sleet transitions over to snow in the Twin Cities with 1 to 2 inches of total snow accumulation expected. The heaviest snow band will likely set up just south of Highway 23 from extreme northwest Wisconsin through central Minnesota, with 2 to 4 inches of snow possible.
And if you're not excited about this storm, just take solace in this: