Minnesotans enjoy the 50s; cold and snow return Monday


Some folks broke out the golf clubs Sunday as temperatures reached into the 50s in parts of Minnesota for what might be our last warm day for quite some time.

Oak Marsh golf course in Oakdale was open for business, and general manager Steve Whillock said the 120 people who got tee times were "all giddy about it," the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Whillock said his course has a history of taking advantage of opportunities like this unseasonably warm weather.

"We are kind of known as the first one to open and the last one to close," he told the Pioneer Press, adding that they'll be open again Monday if the weather allows.

But other people are taking big risks by going out onto the ice on area lakes, even though the warmer weather has made it much less safe.

According to FOX9, law enforcement officials in several counties have reported numerous instances where vehicles and ATVs have broken through thin ice. Authorities caution that the ice is not safe right now.

After our abnormally mild weekend, we'll transition back into reality this week. An area of precipitation will push through the region Monday as the colder air arrives and brings a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning are in effect for portions of central and southwest Minnesota for a combination of snow and ice accumulation.

Storm 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" 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" of snow possible.

Tuesday: No snow forecast, but breezy and colder with slick roadways.

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