Back to reality: Record-setting high this morning, but winter returns tonight


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.

There were also reports of some school delays, according to KARE 11, and some schools that will be releasing students early Monday afternoon, WCCO notes.

There's also a winter weather advisory and winter storm warning for parts of central and southwest Minnesota for a combination of snow and ice accumulation.

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:

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