Yet another winter storm, the third in four weeks, is set to make its arrival in the Twin Cities area Sunday night, dropping heavy snow through Monday and bringing some windy conditions to make the morning commute difficult.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Chanhassen has issued a winter storm watch for this yet-to-be-named system, which is coming across the Rockies Sunday and should drop its heaviest snow overnight Sunday into Monday.
If we receive more than 2 inches of snow, a winter parking ban automatically goes into effect in Richfield.
The track of the storm is still in doubt, the weather service said, but the metro should, after more than four days of above-average temps and some actual snow melt, see a good dose of new precipitation.
"A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel," according to the NWS.
A complete rundown of the system, and the NWS forecast, can be seen in the YouTube video.
Here's the weather statement issued by the NWS Saturday night:
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT...
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT.
* TIMING: ACCUMULATING SNOW DEVELOPING SUNDAY NIGHT IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND THEN SPREADING EAST AND SOUTH ON MONDAY. THE SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT... BEFORE DIMINISHING ON TUESDAY.
* MAIN IMPACTS: SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 INCHES OR MORE POSSIBLE ALONG WITH DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET... OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
... SNOWFALL EXPECTED FROM SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...
.A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST FROM SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. THIS SYSTEM MAY BRING SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 INCHES OR MORE TO MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. AT THIS TIME... THE GREATEST THREAT FOR HEAVY SNOW IS ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM LITTLE FALLS TO ALBERT LEA. CONFIDENCE HAS INCREASED ENOUGH THAT WINTER STORM WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED LATER TONIGHT FOR PORTIONS OF THE REGION. PLEASE CHECK LATER WINTER WEATHER MESSAGES FOR MORE DETAILS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.