Weekend weather could be an icy mix of rain and snow
WILLMAR -- A wintry mix of ice, sleet and snow could be in store for west central Minnesota this weekend.
A winter storm watch goes into effect at 6 p.m. and continues through Saturday afternoon.
By Sunday night 3-6 inches of wet, heavy snow could be accumulated.
"It'll be heart attack snow," said Tony Zaleski, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Light freezing rain is expected to continue today and tonight with one-tenth inch of ice predicted.
"It's going to be somewhat slick," said Zaleski.
Because the temperatures will be in the 30s the ice shouldn't cause problems for power lines, he said.
State and county highway departments were out early this morning sanding roads, which should reduce slippery road conditions.
Saturday will start with light freezing rain and switch over to snow in the morning, according to the weather service.
A combination of rain and snow will continue in the afternoon with up to two inches of snow accumulated, but little or no ice accumulated. The highs will be 30-35 and winds will be from the southeast 15-20 mph.
There's a 70 percent chance of snow and rain Saturday night with another inch of snow accumulated.
Snow will continue Sunday with an additional inch of snow expected. The high temperature on Sunday will be around 30 and winds will switch to the northwest at 10 mph.
Sunday night will be colder, with a low around 15, and a 60 percent chance of more snow.
A snowy, and colder weather pattern could even extend to Monday when temperatures could reach a high of 15 and a 40 percent chance of snow is predicted.