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Wintry weather coming back as snow heads to Minnesota

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The state's deep freeze finally came to a halt over the weekend, as mild temperatures gave us a chance to thaw. But wintry weather is coming back to Minnesota.

KSTP says snow will arrive in the western part of the start late Monday, and arrive in the eastern part just in time to make it a hassle for commuters in the metro area Tuesday morning.

Most of the snow will arrive after rush hour, however, meteorologist Dave Dahl notes.

Much of the state will be under a winter weather advisory since high winds are expected to accompany the snow.

The National Weather Service says 2-4 inches will fall in central Minnesota before the snowfall is over; 3-4 inches in places like Rochester and Winona.

The Star Tribune's report is a little more conservative, saying the clipper that will arrive late Monday will bring 1-3 inches of snow overnight.

"By sunrise Tuesday, there could be a fresh coating of snow that could have an impact on commute times; plan ahead," meteorologist Paul Douglas writes.

The high Monday in the metro will reach 31 degrees, KSTP says, but will fall for the majority of the week through Friday. Tuesday's high is expected to reach 18 degrees.

In the western part of the state Tuesday, a high of 20 degrees is forecast for Willmar, while Fergus Falls is expected to reach 13, the National Weather Service says.

Warmer temperatures are forecast for the southern part of the state Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, highs will reach 25 degrees in Mankato and Rochester, and 26 in Albert Lea.

It appears that Duluth and the northeastern part of the state will get a reprieve from the latest blast of winter.

The Duluth News Tribune says the chance of light snow is only at 20 percent Monday night and Tuesday. The high Tuesday in the north and northeast is expected to top off at 14 degrees, the paper says.

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