Dry today, but heavy snow looks to return tonight and Tuesday

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We’re getting a much needed break from snowfall today so we can rest up for the large, strong storm system that is on the way for tonight and Tuesday. Expect a gray, seasonably chilly day today with high temperatures in the mid 20s and a brisk easterly breeze that will pick up a little this afternoon.

Snowfall is expected to begin just after the evening commute tonight with heavier snow later in the night. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for almost all of the area for tonight through 9:00 PM Tuesday. We’ll have heavy bursts of snow especially after midnight with three to six inches of accumulation by sunrise Tuesday.

We’ll have moderate to heavy snow early in the morning Tuesday with lighter snow ahead for the midday and afternoon. An additional one to three inches of accumulation is possible, meaning totals overall will be in a six to ten inch range, the heaviest overall along the Mississippi River and the lightest along and west of Interstate 35 to the west. Rochester will be in a four to seven inch range meanwhile with high temperatures in the mid 20s and an increasing northwest wind that will occasionally reach 30 miles per hour late in the day as the snow itself winds down.

After a bright and chilly Wednesday that will feature high temperatures in the teens and brisk winds, another, weaker storm system will take aim on the area for Thursday. Right now it looks like an inch or two of accumulation for Valentine’s Day with high temperatures in the lower 20s.

After a blustery Friday with high temperatures in the teens, we’ll enjoy some sunshine over the weekend and high temperatures will be in the teens, about ten degrees below the seasonal average.

Ted Schmidt

Ted Schmidt

Ted Schmidt is the morning and noon meteorologist at KTTC.

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