UPDATE: Warning Issued as Third Winter Storm in Four Weeks Could Mean a Foot of Snow
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, including Wright County. More than 10 inches of new snow could fall on St. Michael.
Yet another winter storm, the third in four weeks, is set to make its arrival in the St. Michael area Sunday night, dropping heavy snow through Monday and bringing some windy conditions to make the morning commute difficult.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a winter storm warning for this yet-to-be-named system, which is coming across the Rockies Sunday and should drop its heaviest snow overnight Sunday into Monday.
Weather service forecasters say that up to 12 inches of snow may fall in some areas of Minnesota including Wright and Hennepin counties. Between six to 10 inches of snow is expected.
The track of the storm is still in doubt, the weather service said, but the metro should, after more than four days of above average temps and some actual snow melt, see a good dose of new precipitation.
A complete rundown of the system, and the NWS forecast, can be seen in the YouTube video.
Here's the weather statement issued by the NWS Saturday night.
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING: TWO PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING AND AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
* MAIN IMPACTS: SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES... WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS NEAR 12 INCHES POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
* OTHER IMPACTS: SOUTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO AROUND 25 MPH MONDAY WILL RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.