Several inches of snow expected by sunrise Monday in western Minn.
WILLMAR – The path of the heaviest snowfall with the storm arriving today could still change, National Weather Service forecasters say, but snow will begin today in western Minnesota and spread east with time tonight. Amounts of 6 inches are possible in central and southern Minnesota, the Weather Service says.
Only minor snow accumulations are expected before midnight tonight, but several inches are possible in western Minnesota by sunrise Monday morning, the Weather Service says in its hazardous weather outlook statement.
So far a winter storm watch remains in effect from this evening through late Monday across most of the state except the far northeast. Several counties in northwestern Minnesota are in a warning, and the Weather Service says the watch could be upgraded later to an advisory or a warning.
Widespread light to moderate snow is expected Monday and Tuesday across the entire outlook area. There will also be stretches of moderate to heavy snow during this time frame. A swath of 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected over a large portion of Minnesota and far western Wisconsin by the time the snow comes to an end Tuesday. The Weather Service says the greatest threat for the heavy snow is along and west of a line from Long Prairie to Albert Lea.
The Weather Service says this is a long-duration snow event with two distinct periods of heavier snowfall: tonight into Monday morning and then Monday night into Tuesday. The snow may become very light or change over to light drizzle or end completely for a time on Monday before increasing in intensity once again Monday night.