Much of western and southern Minnesota is subject to a winter storm warning Friday as a weather system is expected to drop significant amounts of barrels of snow across the state.
Dozens of school districts have canceled classes or switched to a virtual learning day as forecasters predict between 6 and 10 inches of snow in an area stretching from Fergus Falls in the south to the border of the Iowa and the South Dakota border east of the Mankato region. , said the National Weather Service.
The heaviest amounts will likely fall on a line from Glenwood in west-central Minnesota to Albert Lea. The storm warning is in effect until 9 p.m.
“Travel could be very difficult,” the weather service said. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
Lesser amounts – 3 to 6 inches – are expected on a line from St. Cloud via the West Tube and South Tube to Red Wing and Rochester, where a winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday.
A clean cut, however, means places like Anoka, Ramsey, and northern parts of Washington counties may only see 1 to 3 inches while Hennepin, Scott, Dakota, and Carver counties could scoop up 2 to 5 inches, a declared the meteorological service.
Snow has started to creep into the west subway just in time for the Friday rush hour and is expected to fall for most of the day, the weather service said.
Temperatures are also expected to drop throughout the day, dropping from nearly 20 degrees on Friday morning to just above zero for an overnight low. Saturday will be sunny with peaks in teens with temperatures bouncing to nearly 30 degrees by Sunday.
Another burst of light snow arrived on Sunday before a rather sunny Monday to Wednesday. After a high of 32 degrees on Tuesday, temperatures will drop below zero by Tuesday evening, the weather service said.
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