Prepare for a messy Monday morning commute as a second round of snow, rain and sleet fell in the Stillwater area late Sunday night into Monday morning.
Washington County remained under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Monday.
According to the National Weather Service:
- A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY.
- SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS OF 2-5 INCHES
- TIMING: OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE NIGHT.
- OTHER IMPACTS: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP OVERNIGHT... RESULTING IN AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
A winter storm warning is in effect from midnight Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday for the Stillwater area, as “Orko” sweeps across Minnesota.
- SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 7-12 INCHES.
- TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT... AND BECOME HEAVY ON SUNDAY... THEN TAPER OFF TO SNOW SHOWERS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. WINDS WILL INCREASE MONDAY MORNING AND CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
- MAIN IMPACTS: HEAVY WET SNOW WILL CAUSE POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS ON SUNDAY... AND THE STRONG WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON MONDAY. TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BE DIFFICULT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.
REMINDER: Winter Parking Rules in Effect
Because temperatures on Sunday will hover right around the freezing point, however, the National Weather Service says “there is still uncertainty” about just how much snow may stick. What is certain right now: Monday morning’s commute is likely to be a sloppy mess.
A wintry mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet should start falling late tonight, transitioning to a mix of rain and snow during Sunday, then switching to heavy snow at some point Sunday afternoon. Strong winds on Sunday night will blow the snow around, creating hazardous travel conditions.
According to the NWS: A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS 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.