Here we go again.
Monday morning’s commute could be a major mess, as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the entire Twin Cities region, beginning early Sunday morning and continuing through Monday afternoon. Snow accumulations of up to 10 inches are possible.
The precipitation should begin with a light, wintry mix Saturday night, turning to heavy snow by late Sunday. To top it all off, strong winds on the back end of the front will result in blowing, drifting snow on Sunday night and Monday morning.
However, the NWS warns that the system coming through could bring some surprises with it.
"There are still a lot of uncertainties with this system and even a slight change in track may result in significantly different conditions," Forecasters wrote in the watch statement. "It is important to monitor later forecasts."
Saturday Night: Rain, snow freezing rain and sleet possible before midnight, snow and greasing rain between midnight and 3 a.m. snow possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet after 3 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Sunday: Snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet before 9 a.m. Snow/sleet 9 a.m. to noon. Snow/rain after noon. Snow could be heavy at times. Gusts of wind as high as 30 miles per hour possible. Chance of precipitation: 100 percent. Two to four inches of snow accumulation possible.
Sunday Night: Snow before midnight, occasional snow showers and blowing snow after midnight. Blustery, gusts of wind as high as 30 miles per hour possible. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.
Monday: Snow showers, areas of a blowing snow. Blustery, gusts of wind as high as 30 miles per hour possible. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
The Twin Cities region isn’t getting hit nearly so hard as other areas of the country. A blizzard watch is in effect for western and central Minnesota, which could see more than a foot of snow, along with winds of up to 45 mph.
Meanwhile, the Northeast is preparing for a blizzard of historic proportions, with up to three feet of snow expected in areas around Boston. Airlines are already canceling flights to the region, and that’s having a ripple effect on schedules throughout the country. Travelers are advised to check airline websites before heading for the airport.