Up to 6 inches of snow for northern Minnesota by Tuesday

Meteorologists say the end of winter could be near.

Snow is expected Monday night, but the end of winter could be near.

Northern Minnesota is in line for up to 6 inches of snow, with the two rounds of winter weather expected to hit the Northland Monday into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

Snow will start Monday night, dumping 1-3 inches in the area. Then another 1-6 inches of snow is possible Tuesday when the second round moves through.

There's a winter weather advisory in effect for parts of Cook and Lake counties, along the north shore of Lake Superior, from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory warns that roads could become snow-covered and slick, and blowing snow could reduce visibility to a half mile at times.

Here's a look at possible snow totals:

Mainly drizzle for the Twin Cities

Snow totals lessen as you move south in Minnesota, with the majority of the snow expected to fall north of Interstate 94.

Only a trace amount is likely in the Twin Cities, but the metro area will probably see some drizzle with the chance for freezing rain if the temperature gets cold enough – that could lead to ice accumulating on roads. However, the National Weather Service said in a 6 a.m. update that it's holding off on a freezing rain advisory for now.

You can check the latest weather alerts online here, and see what the roads are like here.

Is winter almost over?

It'll be cold the next few days, meteorologist Mark Seeley wrote on his weather blog, but then the second half of February is expected to be warmer – and wetter.

The Climate Prediction Center agrees, saying temperatures in Minnesota during that stretch will be above average (previously the agency said February was going to be super cold, but it's changed its outlook).

Meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog that the end of winter could be near. He says for the weekend of Feb. 18-19, the forecast shows a weather pattern that'll feel more like March or April.

With that in mind – and with very little snow cover in much of southern and central Minnesota – the state Department of Natural Resources says burning restrictions could be put in place soon.

“This winter burning permits have been required in areas of the state that have not been fully covered with snow,” DNR wildfire prevention supervisor Linda Gormanson said in a news release. “Warmer temperatures in February could quickly melt the snow that remains.”

The DNR puts burning restrictions in place after the snow melts and until everything turns green to help prevent wildfires. Burning restrictions typically stay in effect for four to six weeks. You can find out more on the DNR's website here.

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