A slow-moving clipper system is expected to dump a few inches of snow across most of Minnesota throughout the day Tuesday.
Snow is expected both along and north of Interstate 94, with a wintry mix more likely south of the highway. The storm is capable of producing 2-6 inches of snow, with heavier amounts expected in the north.
Snow, ice impacting morning commute
A wintry mix, including freezing rain, began hitting parts of southern Minnesota early Tuesday morning, which made the morning drive quite slick, the National Weather Service says.
Snow and ice covered many roads in western Minnesota by 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website. Highways just west of Alexandria south to Pipestone, including Marshall, Willmar and Montevideo, were listed as completely covered with ice ahead of the morning rush.
Some schools in the area were also delayed, according to KARE 11, including larger school districts such as Marshall and Redwood Falls.
Slick streets in metro for tail-end of commute
Deteriorating road conditions continued to spread east as the storm moved toward the metro for the tail-end of the morning commute.
There have been serious issues on westbound Interstate 694, with KARE 11 reporting a semi rolling over at Fridley this morning, blocking three lanes, and it is not expected to be cleared until 1 p.m. There are also reports of traffic being backed up on I-694 at Central Avenue.
Traffic was backed up on several interstates and highways in the west metro, including Interstate 494, Highway 169, Highway 7 and Highway 100, MnDOT's website shows. Spinouts were also reported on Interstate 394, MnDOT says.
By 9 a.m. Tuesday, roads throughout the metro were listed as partially or completely covered in snow or ice, MnDOT's website shows.
Snow is expected to continuing falling throughout the day, which is expected to make driving conditions even worse for the afternoon commute, including ice on untreated roads.
Here's a look at how the storm will impact different areas of the state.
Snow is likely, mainly after 9 a.m. Tuesday – accumulation could total 2-5 inches. [Full forecast]
Sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain, is possible mainly after 3 a.m. Tuesday. This could impact the morning commute – untreated surfaces could be icy. Sleet/freezing rain is expected to continue until about 1 p.m., and then may change over to all rain. Ice accumulation could total one-tenth inch. [Full forecast]
Snow is likely after 4 a.m. Tuesday and will continue through the day – accumulation could total 1-3 inches. [Full forecast]
Snow could mix with sleet before 9 a.m. Tuesday, then it will change over to all snow – 1-3 inches of accumulation is possible. There's a 50 percent change of snow Tuesday night, which could drop an additional half-inch on the ground. [Full forecast]
Snow is likely before 10 a.m., then snow may mix with freezing drizzle – less than one-half inch of snow is expected to accumulate. There's a 40 percent chance of snow Tuesday night, which isn't expected to produce more than a half-inch of snow. [Full forecast]
Frigid temperatures return Thursday
Tuesday's snow will usher in windy weather Wednesday, and below-average temperatures Thursday.
High temperatures for the metro will reach around 30 degrees Tuesday – about 3 degrees above average for this time of year, AccuWeather reports.
Wednesday morning the high will be in the 20s, before temperatures plummet during the day – the "feels like" temperature will fall well below zero.
There's a chance for another clipper storm late Thursday, which could bring some snow. And then temperatures drop again this weekend, AccuWeather says.