Frost, snow on roads means a slick morning drive to work


Whether it's frozen frost or a light coating of snow, a lot of Minnesotans will be dealing with slick roads on the drive to work Monday morning.

In the Twin Cities region, there are patches of slippery ice on streets and highways (KSTP says due to mist).

The National Weather Service's Twin Cities office tweeted a screengrab of MnDOT's 511 road conditions map, showing most of the area's roads as partially covered – not by snow, but by frost.

Reporters on Twitter have noted the conditions as well.

Check out MnDOT's 511 road conditions map to see a real-time look at highways across the state.

West-central, central MN

Then there's west-central and central Minnesota, which the Weather Service says will be problematic.

About 2-4 inches of snow is expected Monday morning, with roads becoming covered – including I-94 from St. Cloud to Alexandria.

In southwest Minnesota, the Minneota Police Department is warning people about snow an blowing snow, starting overnight and through much of the day. About 2-3 inches is expected for the area, and visibility could be pretty poor at time.

By 6:15 a.m., most of the roads in southwest and west-central Minnesota were considered "totally covered" by MnDOT's 511 map (indicated by the pink highlights).

Northern MN and Duluth

There have been issues farther north too:

In Beltrami County, Emergency Management warned residents that freezing fog and mist Sunday night was leading to "a glaze of ice on surfaces." They said people should drive safe Monday morning and expect a slick commute.

Hibbing, on the Iron Range, is dealing with icy roads, the police department said on Facebook.

And in the northeast, freezing drizzle hit Sunday afternoon – the St. Louis County Rescue Squad posted a photo of a crash on Facebook (on US 53, just south of Independence), noting there were only a handful of accidents but to be safe.

And that will continue Monday morning.

The northeastern corner, including Duluth, is getting hit with snow this morning. The Weather Service is warning people to drive safe and expect a slippery commute.

In total, the city and surrounding area could get about 2-4 inches of snow, with possible patches of freezing drizzle, the Weather Service tweeted.

What's to come

Bottom line, most of the state will see some snow by Monday evening (the snow will start out as a wintry mix for those in the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota, however), with temperatures similar to Sunday – in the mid-20s to low-30s.

Snow totals will be heaviest Monday morning for western and central Minnesota, which could pick up as much as 4 inches. Less snow is expected in the Twin Cities.

The snow won’t stick around for long, though. Even warmer temperatures are expected this week – meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune’s weather blog that some models are suggesting we could hit 40 degrees by the end of the week.

Normal temperatures for this time of year in the Twin Cities is in the mid-20s, AccuWeather says.

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