Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Richfield, Twin Cities

After a weekend that saw Richfield crack the 40-degree mark for the first time in weeks, a front arrives tonight that could bring snow and, worse, high winds.

Winter Weather Advisory in Richfield, MN.
Winter Weather Advisory in Richfield, MN.
Originally written by Mike Schoemer

Sure, just when you got the driveway cleaned off, you need to get ready for more snow. 

And so it goes in a Minnesota winter, as the National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Twin Cities area, including Richfield. The advisory is in effect from 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

A band of snow is expected to make its way across West Central and Central Minnesota and push into Wisconsin overnight, dropping one to three inches of snow along the way. But it's the heavy winds expected along with the storm front that will drop temperatures back down below the 20-degree mark and create some tough driving conditions, particularly in rural areas. 

The snow will miss the evening commute today, but could linger into Tuesday morning's drive into work, especially with wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service. That could make open areas slippery after a weekend of thawing. 

Drivers are encouraged to take caution, particularly on overpasses and bridges. On-and-off ramps could be dangerous, too, if they get plugged by drifting and blowing snow. 

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