The Twin Cities metro was hit by a winter storm with changing conditions Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, complicating driving and causing increased traffic accidents throughout the day. The warm Sunday morning, peaking at just above freezing in the metro, turned into a rainy afternoon. Rain turned to sleet and sleet gave way to snow within a few hours in the mid-afternoon.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation indicated all major highways in the metro region as having “difficult” driving conditions, with snow and ice on the roads. MnDOT’s map showed about a dozen crashes on the roads at 6:10 p.m. The State Patrol had reported multiple crashes because of the winter weather conditions on a variety of highways, with some vehicles running off the road and rolling over.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Weather Advisory Sunday afternoon, following its Hazardous Weather Outlook announcement Sunday morning. The Advisory described the day’s changing precipitation and noted that some freezing drizzle will redevelop after the snow ended in the early evening. Total snow accumulations of 2-4 inches were common from the metro area eastward into west-central Wisconsin, with an inch or two elsewhere across southern Minnesota.
For much of the metro area, the Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect until midnight. The NWS predicted snow and sleet would wind down early in the evening, with freezing drizzle possible into the mid or late evening hours.
The NWS forecast also calls for continued chances for freezing rain, sleet and snow Monday into Tuesday, eventually ending with snow by Tuesday. Although the precipitation amounts might be relatively light, the NWS noted that it could cause some slippery roads for traffic.
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Driving conditions in the Twin Cities worsened through the day Sunday, Jan. 27, in the wake of a winter storm. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)