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It's chilly and rainy, so watch for slick roads during the morning drive


A thick band of precipitation cut through central Minnesota overnight Monday, meaning a potentially slick start to the work week for commuters in that region of the state.

Minnesotans from just south of the Twin Cities up to the edge of the Iron Range and Duluth were greeted with rain Monday morning.

Here's a look at what happened, and what's to come, in each region.

Twin Cities

The Twin Cities metro area was hit mainly with rain, as temperatures bottomed out around 40 degrees – chilly, but unlike parts farther north, no chance for snow and not many reports of icy roads.

As of about 6 a.m., the National Weather Service had recorded about 0.05 inches of precipitation at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

There's a short term forecast warning from the NWS for the area (the green on the map at right). That means steady rain is coming down, moving west to east, and there's a chance for some snowy mix in there as well.

It's expected to dip a few more degrees in the Twin Cities, down to the uppper-30s, before climbing back up to the low 40s. Still, the roads tonight could be more of a problem, with freezing rain expected.

Central Minnesota

North of the Twin Cities, some freezing rain and even traces of snow fell. And the warnings are a bit more severe.

In 10 counties in the St. Cloud area, the National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory (that's the pink on the map below).

The few counties with purple have a winter weather advisory through 10 a.m. Monday – that'd be Crow Wing, Aitkin and Pine in Minnesota, with a few out east in Wisconsin.

More wet weather could be rolling on from the west as well.

So how's traffic?

Not great so far, by most indications. Here are a few tweets detailing some of the early goings.

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