Extra time. That's the operative phrase for Minnesotans hitting the roads Tuesday morning. And maybe Wednesday, too.
A winter weather advisory says freezing rain and sleet creeping into Minnesota overnight could make for some slippery roads by sunrise. Then another round likely to arrive in the late morning and afternoon will change to all snow and could leave several inches in the northeastern part of the state.
The National Weather Service says slick roads Tuesday morning are most likely in west central and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. In east central and northeastern counties it will probably be all snow and 2 to 6 inches are possible by Wednesday evening in that part of the state.
But they say drivers should plan on slippery roads and by the end of Wednesday Hinckley, Hibbing, and Duluth could all have 4 to 6 inches of new snow with a heavier lake effect possible along Lake Superior's north shore.
As for the northwest, forecasters say temperatures will be a few degrees either side of the freezing mark. In the Red River Valley, the North Dakota side is likely to have more freezing rain while Minnesota should expect mostly snow with 2 to 4 inches possible.
So basically just as we're getting ready for a holiday season that might include Chex mix or bridge mix (it's chocolate) Mother Nature is giving us a dose of what forecasters call "wintry mix."
As MPR News' Paul Huttner puts it: "Some ice, sleet, snow and rain are all possible across southern Minnesota Tuesday into Wednesday morning."