MINNEAPOLIS - Less than a week after our largest snowfall in almost two years, another storm system is heading toward the upper midwest for late Friday night into Saturday.
This storm system is quite different from last Sunday's storm. Instead of a big snow, we are looking at a big mess for many as enough warm air works into the region to create a mainly rain/mix event for the Twin Cities metro.
The first bands of rain showers will move into the metro arealate Friday night after midnight. Temperatures will mainly be around 32 or warmer so ice concerns in the metro will be fairly limited. But some ice accumulation is possible in some places such as colder surfaces (tree branches, etc.).
Most metro roads are treated with enough road salt and chemicals to stay wet.
Freezing rain will be more of a concern west of the metro and into central Minnesota.
Colder air will work into the system to change the mix to snow in far western and northwestern Minnesota. These areas will experience the larger snow totals as a result -- in the 2 to 5 inch range, with 1 to 3 inches just west of the metro.
Most of the metro will see just about 1 inch of snowfall with perhaps some amounts closer to 2 inches in far west. northwest suburbs.
Rain will change back and forth to snow during the late morning and early afternoon before becoming all snow. It is expected to wrap up during the first part of the overnight Saturday.