If you live in southern Minnesota, Sunday will be an especially good morning to sleep in.
A snowstorm that had been forecast to hit a wide swath of southern and central Minnesota now is expected to track track farther north, with 3 to 8 inches of fresh snow now predicted in the Twin Cities metro area overnight and well into Sunday morning.
The storm will hit the western edge of the metro area at about 1 a.m. Sunday with heavy, fast-falling snow that will taper off by noon. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s.
“Just be wary; commuting on Sunday morning could be scary,” warned Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. “It will be snowing, and that will probably cause hazardous road conditions.”
While the updated forecast still has the metro area in a winter storm advisory zone, counties just to its south are under a more dire winter storm warning. The NWS moved that zone even farther north early Saturday evening.
Mankato, Marshall, Red Wing, Rochester, Albert Lea and Eau Claire, Wis., are all in the winter storm warning area, parts of which could get up to a foot of snow.
In addition, northerly wind gusts of 25 to 30 miles per hour will develop on Sunday afternoon as the snow tapers off, which could lead to blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility, forecasters said. Up-to-the-hour road conditions can be found on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s travel information site, at hb.511mn.org.