After a rather pleasant spring weekend, Old Man Winter makes a return to the region on Monday, bringing accumulating snowfall and creating messy travel conditions. Tonight, temperatures will be in the upper 20s with gusty southeast winds at 10-20 mph.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for the eastern half of the viewing area from 4 am to 4 pm Monday, along with a Winter Storm Warning from 1 am 4 pm for the western half of the viewing area. High temperatures for the day will be in the low 30s with strong winds out of the southeast at 10-20 mph.
Snow and a little wintry mix will begin to move into the area after midnight tonight and arriving in Mason City, IA around 2 am Monday, Austin by around 6 am, and Rochester by around 8 am. Accumulating snowfall will create difficult travel conditions for the morning commute, with continued issues through the drive home. Anywhere from 2″ to 6″ of snow will accumulate within the viewing area, with the highest amounts falling to the west of Highway 52, with isolated amounts of 6″+ falling along and west of I-35. Periods of moderate to heavy bands of snow are possible at times, especially before Noon, with snow tapering off after 4 pm.
Quieter and slightly warmer conditions in the upper 30s will move in for Tuesday with mostly cloudy skies. More sunshine is on the way for Wednesday and the second half of the week with temperatures slowly warming into the low 40s. Afternoon highs climb into the upper 40s for Thursday and Friday with partly sunny skies.
By the weekend, conditions look rather pleasant with widespread sunshine with temperatures in the low to mid-50s.