Winter isn't over yet: Snow, ice in the forecast for northern MN

Rain, snow and ice – oh joy.

It looks like winter isn't quite done with us.

A storm is bearing down on Minnesota, which could bring several inches of snow to the northern part of the state by Thursday. Meanwhile, central and southern Minnesota will likely just see rain – but plenty of it.

If you're looking for someone to blame for this bout of wintry weather, point your finger at a low-pressure system that's making its way from Oklahoma to Ontario, the National Weather Service says.

Here's what you can expect, depending on where you are in the state:

Northeastern Minnesota

Northeastern Minnesota is under winter storm watch, with the National Weather Service saying "significant icing" is possible. This could make driving difficult and lead to isolated power outages.

The storm will start as rain, then it'll change over to a wintry mix Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning. And by Thursday morning, it'll change to all snow, the National Weather Service says.

One-tenth to one-half inch of ice is possible through Thursday morning, while sleet and snow accumulations could total up to 3 inches in far northeastern Minnesota.

Northwestern Minnesota

Light snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning for west-central and northwestern Minnesota, and then it'll change over to snow on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says there's the potential for "several inches" of snow, especially around Bemidji and Park Rapids. See the map below:

Central and southern Minnesota

For those in central and southern Minnesota, the forecast shows mostly rain.

But there will be quite a bit of it. The National Weather Service says "steadier and more widespread" rain will develop over much of Minnesota Tuesday afternoon and it'll continue through much of Wednesday. Rainfall totals could exceed one inch (see map below).

There is a chance some of that precipitation could change to snow, with the weather service saying: "As the precipitation winds down Wednesday into Wednesday night, the precipitation will likely change over to snow for much of the state," although accumulations are expected to be low in central and southern Minnesota.

Oh, and those chilly temps that are making it cold enough to snow will stick around for the rest of the week.

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