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Freezing rain leaves an icy coating on southern MN roads

The Twin Cities are on the northwest edge of the freezing rain area.

Light freezing rain spreading across southern Minnesota Monday evening was making for some treacherous driving.

The area where ice may build up on roads includes the southeastern edge of the Twin Cities, the National Weather Service says in an advisory. The whole purple area below is what's covered by the weather advisory, which lasts through 6 a.m. Tuesday. But the greatest chance of ice accumulation runs from Albert Lea through Red Wing into Eau Claire, forecasters say.

The outlook is for the freezing rain to turn to sleet and snow overnight, with an inch or two of new snow possible.

You can get up-to-date road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Things were pretty slippery in the Mankato area even before sundown.

Forecasters expect the Twin Cities will be grazed by the freezing rain. KSTP says the area from Shakopee to Stillwater is where it's most likely to be slippery and they say the Tuesday commute could be affected.

But ice probably won't last too long because the forecast for the rest of the week shows temperatures climbing up into the 40s with even a 50-degree day possible in southern Minnesota.

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