If you're traveling Friday, roads could be a little dicey in southern Minnesota.
Snow is expected to move through during the day Friday, bringing 2-4 inches to the southern part of the state, the National Weather Service says. The heaviest snowfall totals are expected in the southeastern corner, where there is a winter weather advisory in effect until Friday evening.
Light snow is expected to begin this morning, with light-to-moderate snow in the afternoon. Here's a look at how much we're expected to get:
Temperatures will be hovering around freezing in the Twin Cities, so roads will be mostly wet – maybe a little slushy. However, in the Rochester area, the National Weather Service warns of "hazardous travel conditions" leading into the holiday weekend, which could include slushy, slick roads. (You can check the current road conditions online here.)
If you're planning on traveling for the holiday, Saturday looks like your best option, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.
Sunday will be a wet, wintry mess
If you need to go anywhere on Sunday, be prepared for several different types of hazards as a "powerful storm" moves across the state, the National Weather Service says.
Southern and eastern Minnesota will be warmer, so the forecast is calling for a wintry mix and rain, while northeastern Minnesota is looking like it'll get a lot of heavy snow and wind. Here's a breakdown.
For the Twin Cities, it'll start as patchy, freezing drizzle Saturday night and turn into steady freezing rain by Sunday morning (sorry, Santa). Then by Sunday afternoon, it will changeover to all rain – heavy at times, and maybe some thunderstorms – which could cause some flooding. By Sunday night into Monday, winds will pick up, with gusts exceeding 50 mph by Monday morning in far southern and western Minnesota (see the map below).
Central and northern Minnesota are expected to see more wintry weather. Far northern Minnesota will be mostly snow, but forecasters still haven't quite pinpointed the rain-snow line.
There's a winter storm watch for most of central and all of northern Minnesota Sunday into Monday morning, with the National Weather Service warning that the region could get 9-12 inches of snow and a glaze of ice, making travel "very difficult to impossible."
We'll continue to update the forecast as the storm approaches, so keep an eye on GoMN.com – and safe travels.