Sloppy driving: Rain, snow, sleet reported across Minnesota

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Expect sloppy driving Monday afternoon as a round of heavy rain, possibly mixed with snow, and gusty winds moves through the state.

Southern Minnesota may pick up an additional 1-2 inches of rain Monday, and at times the rain may be mixed with snow and sleet, meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog. He warns that people should be ready for "just about any 'phase' of precipitation" on Monday.

Temperatures will hover above freezing in the Twin Cities Monday, which means roads will be mostly wet, Huttner says. But there could be some slick spots – several incidents on the roads had been reported Monday morning, the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website shows.

Roads north of the Twin Cities and in the Rochester area were listed as partially covered with slush Monday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

A state trooper tweeted there had been 12 vehicles off the road and one injury crash in the Rochester area Monday.

Gusty winds – up to 45 mph – are expected to accompany the wet weather Monday, the National Weather Service says. And those strong winds are causing flights to be delayed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Winter storm Tuesday?

Snow lovers, take note: A winter storm watch is in effect for northwestern Minnesota Tuesday into Wednesday.

The region – spanning from Alexandria and Brainerd north through the Iron Range – could pick up 4-8 inches of fresh snow by Wednesday afternoon.

So if you want to see some snow, the National Weather Service says drive north of the Twin Cities, which is expected to see a mix of rain and snow with this storm system.

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