High Winds, Ice, Snow Accumulation Possible in SE Minnesota This Week
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Forecasters at the National Weather Service are monitoring a winter storm system they say is capable of bringing strong winds and possibly light ice accumulations to southeast Minnesota.
Monday morning’s forecast indicates a system capable of producing freezing rain, rain, a wintery mix and snow could arrive in the region by late-morning Tuesday. The precipitation is expected to begin as pockets of freezing rain, transition to rain by Tuesday afternoon before shifting into a wintery mix and snow by Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.
Rochester is forecasted to see 0-2 inches of snow Tuesday through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the potential ice accumulation will depend on the temperature when the system arrives.
So far there’s a 0% chance for ice to accumulate in Rochester. Communities to the west and northeast of Rochester could see a light glazing of ice.
The storm is also expected to bring strong wind gusts capable of knocking down power lines and tree limbs Tuesday. The wind gusts are predicted to diminish by Tuesday evening.
The heaviest snow accumulations are expected to occur to the north and west of Rochester. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of northern Minnesota while communities in east South Dakota could see as much as a foot of snow this week.