Minnesotans are getting ready for a major November snowstorm that's expected to begin early Monday morning and not quit for at least 24 hours.
Here's the latest and best information we have so far on what we can expect and how to prepare for it.
The National Weather Service has expanded the area in Minnesota and neighboring states that is under a winter storm warning from 3 a.m. Monday to 12 noon on Tuesday. The area in pink on this NWS map is covered by the warning, and the blue is under a winter storm watch:
Bring Me The News meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta expects significant accumulation across the warning area, with 8-13 inches likely around the Twin Cities.
The heavier amounts will likely fall in the northern metro area. In the southern metro, a total of 4-8 inches is more likely, according to KARE 11.
Snow showers will develop after midnight into early Monday morning.
Here's how the day will look:
– Monday daybreak: About 1 inch on the ground. Snow will be falling moderately and will increase in intensity after 7 a.m.
– Monday daytime: Snow, heavy at times, is likely through the day, with 6-8 inches possible by sunset.
– Monday night: Snow will continue, with additional accumulations of 2-4 inches.
– Tuesday morning: Snow will end, but it will become quite a bit colder and windy for the next several days.
To summarize, road conditions will be very bad for the next two days, especially where the snowfall is heaviest. The National Weather Service warns that the Monday morning commute will be difficult.
As for the Monday afternoon commute, it will be "severely impacted" by the snow. Translation: Really, really bad.
Tuesday morning won't be much better – again, it will be a difficult drive to work. Things should start getting better by Tuesday afternoon.
Minnesota's Department of Transportation says its crews statewide are prepped for the storm, and it's asking drivers to slow down and be patient on the roads. Here are some tips for safe winter driving from the Department of Public Safety.
Municipal crews are also getting ready. The city of St. Paul, for example, says its crews began applying pre-wetted salt on the city’s primary streets on Saturday night.
KARE 11's Laura Betker cautions that this snowfall will be quite wet and heavy, so she recommends clearing your sidewalks and driveways several times of smaller amounts of snow, instead of waiting until it stops snowing altogether.
She also cautions that by Tuesday, whatever snow is left on the pavement will freeze solid when the Arctic blast blows in.
WCCO reported that shoppers were standing in line to buy cold-weather gear, from snow tires to snow boots.
“Today has been crazy,” Guy Still of outfitter REI told the station. “I think everyone’s seen the forecast, and they know the snow is coming, the cold weather’s coming, so everybody is coming in.”
A worker at a Minneapolis tire shop told the station there was a 30 percent increase in traffic on Saturday. The Star Tribune reported neighborhood hardware stores saw an increase in people coming in to buy both lawn bags and snowblowers.
Delta Airlines is trying to get ahead of inevitable weather-related backups throughout the airports it services in the region. Delta is offering a waiver to customers ahead of the snowfall.
Because of the expected inclement weather, Delta is offering customers a one-time change with a fee if they are scheduled to travel to, from or through the Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport, and airports in Green Bay, Rochester and Sioux Falls.
KSTP reports organizations that serve Minnesota's homeless population are also preparing for more people seeking shelter from the storm.
The drop in temperatures has already increased a demand for beds at People Serving People Shelter in Minneapolis. The shelter has 99 emergency and ten extended-stay rooms available.
More than 400 people are expected to eat and sleep there over the weekend.
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