Alert the TSA, call out the National Guard, schedule a sick day for Tuesday — because a wet, sloppy, long-duration “storm” is shaping up for much of Minnesota. You remember snow, right? Yes, we are overdue for a gasp-worthy, white-knuckle commute and flustered meteorologists comparing favorite weather models.

On our patented scale of nuisance-plowable-crippling this should be a long-duration (plowable) snow event as a storm tracks southeast of MSP, keeping us on the cold side of the system. Snow arrives during the evening hours Monday; tapering to flurries Wednesday morning. By then much of the metro may pick up 3-5 inches of slush; a band of 5-10 inches close to home.

This, despite a mild El Niño pattern that is forecast to linger through the winter. NOAA data show Twin Cities temperatures since September 1 have been the second warmest ever recorded. The mercury tops 40 by late week so plan a midweek romp in the snow.

It’s been a long slog for Minnesota snow-lovers, but patience may soon pay off. Let it snow!