Another blanketing of snow and ice is likely Tuesday in the Twin Cities, followed by several days of bitter cold, forecasters say.
The precipitation is expected to begin as light snow about 9 a.m. and increase in intensity by afternoon, with between 1 and 3 inches falling on the metro by evening, according to the National Weather Service.
This may be followed by a round of freezing drizzle around 7 p.m., causing dicey driving conditions.
The NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of Minnesota on Monday afternoon, including the seven-county metro area. The heaviest snowfall is expected in the southeastern part of the state.
Snow will arrive Tuesday morning and continue into Tuesday afternoon. A changeover to freezing drizzle could result in another glaze of ice Tuesday evening. Much colder air arrives after for the remainder of the week.#mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/F043wYNt8g
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) December 27, 2021
The precipitation will be followed by plummeting temperatures, with an expected overnight low in the Twin Cities of 4 below zero and wind-chill values approaching 20 below, the NWS said.
The icy temperatures will remain through the weekend, with Wednesday not expected to get above 8 degrees and highs in the teens the rest of the week.
Tuesday’s blast of wintry weather comes on the heels of a Sunday storm that dumped several inches of snow on Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin, snarling holiday traffic into Monday.
The snow began Sunday afternoon and wrapped up overnight with freezing rain that coated roads and sidewalks in a sheet of ice.
Between noon Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Minnesota State Patrol troopers responded to 319 crashes on the state’s highways, along with more than 350 vehicles that had slid off the roadway and required a tow. Thirty-four people suffered injuries, but none were fatal or life-threatening, the State Patrol reported.
Snowfall totals ranged widely across the state. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reported an accumulation of 2.7 inches, while St. Mathias, Minn. — located about an hour north of St. Cloud in Crow Wing County — logged 18. Little Falls reported 5 inches and Grand Marais reported 13 inches.