Rain, sleet and snow likely for Thanksgiving travelers this week


Some wet weather is in the forecast for Thanksgiving, which could mean wet or slushy roads for holiday travelers.

The coldest air of the season moved into Minnesota this weekend, with several communities across the state recording low temperatures in the single digits on Saturday and Sunday morning, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.

A few bands of light snow are expected to move through Minnesota Sunday, but little to no accumulation is expected in the Twin Cities, the National Weather Service says. Light accumulations are possible, especially across north-central and northeast Minnesota.

Slightly warmer temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday, the weather service notes, ahead of a weather system that's expected to bring rain, sleet and snow to the state for the holiday.

The wet weather is expected to move into Minnesota Wednesday, sticking around through the holiday. But by Friday afternoon, things should dry out. Here's a look at the timing of the system:

Most of southern Minnesota, which saw a fresh coating of snow over the weekend, is expected to see rain with an occasional mix of sleet. The northern half of the state could be cold enough for some snow.

For the Twin Cities, which has yet to see more than a dusting of snow this season, it's rain and sleet on Wednesday, with a wintry mix expected on Thanksgiving, the weather service notes.

The Twin Cities did pick up its first measurable snowfall overnight. There was a light layer of flakes on the ground in the southern metro Sunday morning.

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The brunt of our Tuesday-Wednesday storm is pointed at north central Minnesota, which means the Brainerd Lakes area could be looking at 15 inches of snow. As for the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, the storm may be more of a washout -- as in rainwater washing away much of whatever snow falls. Click on the headline for a look at who's predicting what for the metro area.