Bottom Line: Expect snowfall to gradually taper from west to east overnight. Most areas will pick up another 1″ to 2″ overnight, with some 3″+ totals in southern Minnesota along the I-90 corridor.
Expect roads to be slick though tonight and probably into Tuesday morning rush. With any luck, the morning commute might be a little better Tuesday…but I still expect some icy spots as temperatures begin to fall overnight.
Wind will become an increasing factor in open areas as winds increase into the 15 to 25 mph range…especially in southwest Minnesota where winter storm warnings remain in effect.
Take care with travel into Tuesday morning!
Radas showing a few holes in snowfall now west of metro. Snowfall continues elsewhere.
Bottom Line: (What you need to know now) Radars and surface reports showing areas of snow continue from Fargo to Duluth and from St. Cloud and the Twin Cities southward into Iowa. It will be a snowy and messy PM commute, with treacherous driving conditions in many areas.
Some impressive snowfall totals coming in now as the snow continues to pile up in southern Minnesota. Check out some of these updated totals as of 3pm:
St. James, Glencoe & Winnebago 6″
Here is the latest summary from NWS as of just after noon.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1207 PM CST MON JAN 31 2011
…PRELIMINARY SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM SUNDAY INTO MONDAY…
THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW…AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES…THEN BY AMOUNT…AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.
SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT
INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
—— ———————– — ————– ——-
6.20 MONTEVIDEO MN CHIPPEWA 0700 AM
6.00 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 0906 AM
5.00 BROWNTON MN MCLEOD 1106 AM
5.00 SPRINGFIELD MN BROWN 1000 AM
5.00 MORGAN MN REDWOOD 0745 AM
4.20 WILLMAR MN KANDIYOHI 0600 AM
4.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 1046 AM
3.60 MINNEAPOLIS(MSP AIRPORT) MN HENNEPIN 1156 AM
3.60 CHANHASSEN (NWS) MN CARVER 1156 AM
3.50 MURDOCK MN SWIFT 0945 AM
3.50 1 NNW SPRINGFIELD MN BROWN 0700 AM
3.20 HUTCHINSON MN MCLEOD 0642 AM
3.10 1 SW EDINA MN HENNEPIN 0800 AM
3.10 BIRD ISLAND MN RENVILLE 0630 AM
3.00 CARLOS MN DOUGLAS 0900 AM
3.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0813 AM
3.00 LITCHFIELD MN MEEKER 0700 AM
2.80 FRIDLEY MN ANOKA 1011 AM
2.80 5 WNW ALEXANDRIA MN DOUGLAS 0909 AM
Snow map through noon…does not reflect additional totals since.
Expect slow travel times through this evening.