- Second scoop of snow coming -- maybe a foot!
In case you missed last weekend's snowstorm, the tape's been rewound and is about to replay today through Friday.
As much as a foot of snow is expected across much of Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, with the brunt of it disrupting this afternoon's rush hour as well as both rush hours Thursday in the metro area.
Warnings issued: The National Weather Service upgraded winter storm watches to warnings across much of the state and west-central Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon. In the metro area, Minnesota highway department crews were beginning to spread de-icing materials on bridges, ramps and other ice-prone areas.
Ease off cruise control: The State Patrol has warned drivers to be cautious and, in particular, not to use cruise control during icy and snowy conditions.
Drifting snow expected: High winds out of the southeast today will shift to the northeast Thursday and are expected to cause significant snow drifting, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Zaleski. The drifting will be a particular problem for drivers traveling north and south, he said. But the snow will be heavy again thanks to temperatures around freezing.
Reminiscent of 1982: Zaleski said the second storm following in the first storm's footprints has reminded some forecasters of the combination that hit the Twin Cities in January 1982. The 17.4 inches on Jan. 20 to 21 set a single-storm record for the Twin Cities, but it was broken later that week when 20 inches fell Jan. 22 to 23. They now rank as the second- and third-greatest single snowfalls behind the 1991 Halloween blizzard.
The Twin Cities received an official 9.1 inches of snow Friday through Sunday, paltry compared to the depths in surrounding areas in the state. Hewitt, about 40 miles west of Brainerd, claimed 17 inches, suburban Andover, 14.3, and Winona, in southeastern Minnesota, 28 inches.