MINNEAPOLIS -- A snowy day on the way today and again Tuesday. This is not a major snowstorm but the light snow will fall for an extended period of time leading to slippery conditions and some high snow amounts to the south in Iowa. The Twin Cities will pick up 1 to 2 inches of snow today through sunset (4:52 p.m.) then another 1 to 2 inches of snow tonight through sunrise (7:49 a.m.) Tuesday and about 1 inch Tuesday afternoon before tapering off to flurries - highest snow amounts will be in the south Metro.
Snowfall amounts across Minnesota today through Tuesday evening will range from 4 to 8 inches in extreme southern Minnesota along a line from Marshall to Mankato to Rochester and points south to the Iowa state line - much of the snow today will fall in southwestern Minnesota then in southeastern Minnesota tonight. The rest of the state will pick up 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Twin Cities Metro, Willmar, St.Cloud areas and 1 to 2 inches across northern Minnesota. The snow will move into western Wisconsin this afternoon and only accumulate 1 to 3 inches through Tuesday evening.
Travel conditions on Interstate 94 and 35 from the Twin Cities Metro area - travel conditions are for this afternoon ( Monday January 10 ).
I-35 south to Kanas City via Albert Lea, Mason City, Des Moines: Snow along the entire route with moderate to heavier snowfall between Mason City, Des Moines and Kansas City. Snow accumulations by sunset this evening will range from 1 to 2 inches from the Twin Cities south to Owatonna then heavier amounts of 3 to 5 inches from just south of Albert Lea through Mason City and south through Des Moines and into the Kansas City area. Temperatures along the route will be in the low to mid 20s in Minnesota and mid to upper 20s in Iowa and the Kansas City area.
I-35 north to Duluth via Hinckley: Snow along the route mainly between the Twin Cities and Hinckley then spreading north into the Duluth area in the late afternoon. Snow amounts will be light with about 1 inch between the Twin Cities and Hinckley to less than 1 inch toward Duluth. Temperatures along the route will be in the low 20s from the Twin Cities to Hinckley and upper teens in Duluth.
I-94 southeast to Chicago via Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee: Snow between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire during the afternoon with accumulations of less than 1 inch by sunset otherwise just flurries south of Eau Claire with no snow expected in the Madison, Milwaukee areas until after sunset and snow amounts in those cities tonight will be about 1 inch - the snow will be heavier in Milwaukee and Chicago Tuesday with 2 to 4 inches expected. Temperatures along the route today will range from the low to mid 20s from the Twin Cities to Eau Claire then the mid to upper 20s from Madison to Milwaukee and Chicago.
I-94 northwest to Bismarck via St.Cloud, Alexandria, Fargo: Light snow between the Twin Cities and Fargo with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches by sunset - flurries and light snow west of Fargo to Bismarck but any accumulation will be less than 1 inch. Temperatures will be in the low 20s from the Twin Cities to St.Cloud and the upper teens across west central Minnesota to the mid teens in the Fargo area and around +5 degrees in Bismarck.
Jonathan Yuhas KARE 1/10/2011
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