Winter Storm Warning: Another tough AM rush hour Monday

Our next snow event comes just in time for Monday morning rush hour. Some headlines:

  • Snow spreads into the metro overnight
  • Snow continues during Monday morning rush hour
  • Snow may be moderate to heavy at times, especially between about 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Overall snowfall totals of 3  to 6 inches are likely by 10 a.m. Monday
  • Hassle Factor for Monday morning rush hour? 8 of 10

Winter storm warnings are out ahead of the next wave of snow into Monday morning rush hour. Expect a snow laden Monday morning commute after a pleasantly quiet winter Sunday.

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Here’s the latest video briefing on the storm from the Twin Cities National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1138 AM CST SUN FEB 16 2014

…A PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW WILL IMPACT THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE…

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT… GENERALLY EAST OF A LINE FROM SAINT CLOUD TO FARIBAULT… AND INCLUDES THE TWIN CITIES METRO AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH THE MONDAY
MORNING COMMUTE. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM MID MORNING MONDAY OVER MINNESOTA TO EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON OVER WESTERN WISCONSIN. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED… WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS OF AROUND 7 INCHES EAST OF US-53 IN WEST CENTRAL
WISCONSIN.

NORTH AND WEST OF THE WARNING AREA… WHERE SNOW AMOUNTS AND IMPACTS ON TRAVEL WILL BE LESS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT. THE ADVISORY AREA IS GENERALLY EAST OF A LINE FROM LONG PRAIRIE TO ALBERT LEA. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN THE ADVISORY AREA ARE
EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES.

Twin Cities NWS

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ELK RIVER…CAMBRIDGE…MONTICELLO…MINNEAPOLIS…BLAINE…ST. PAUL…STILLWATER…CHASKA…SHAKOPEE…BURNSVILLE…FARIBAULT…RED WING
1138 AM CST SUN FEB 16 2014

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST MONDAY…

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 5 INCHES… LOCALLY 6 EAST OF I-35.

* TIMING…LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MID MORNING MONDAY… LIKELY PEAKING IN INTENSITY AROUND THE MORNING COMMUTE.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BE DIFFICULT MONDAY MORNING…WITH SIGNIFICANTLY LENGTHENED COMMUTE TIMES EXPECTED.

Here’s a look at the Global Forecast System’s notion of snowfall totals with this system. You get the picture that the storm is expected to dump heavier totals as you move east into Wisconsin.

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Thankfully with the President’s Day holiday there may be less traffic on the roads Monday morning. If you have to travel, plan on snow, slick roads and extra time for your AM commute!