When you’re all set to head “over the river and through the woods” for turkey at Grandmother’s house, you might want to give yourself a little extra travel time if you’re leaving Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Count on a couple of things – first, it’s the busiest travel day of the year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA; second – there’s measurable snow in the forecast for Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of south central and southeastern Minnesota, but the advisory does reach as far north as Wright County and the NWCToday coverage area.
Snow is expected to fall and accumulate on roads Wednesday sporadically as a storm system sweeps its way along the southern third of the state.
For those heading south and west this holiday, travel could be particularly treacherous tomorrow, as the Interstate 90 corridor could be impacted by as much as 6 inches of new snow.
Here’s the details in the advisory:
SNOW WILL MOVE INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA LATE TUESDAY EVENING AND THEN SPREAD SOUTHEAST INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS...AND FINALLY EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE TWIN CITIES METRO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA BEFORE ENDING...WHILE THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE FOR MUCH OF THE DAY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SNOW ACCUMULATION ACROSS THE AREA WILL BE IN THE 3 TO 5 INCH RANGE. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR WEST CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM MADISON TO BUFFALO AND ST PAUL. THE ADVISORY CONTINUES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ALONG THE I-35 CORRIDOR FROM ST PAUL TO ALBERT LEA. WRIGHT-HENNEPIN-RAMSEY-CARVER-SCOTT-DAKOTA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONTICELLO...MINNEAPOLIS...ST. PAUL... CHASKA...SHAKOPEE...BURNSVILLE ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY. * MAIN IMPACT...TRAVEL MAY BE HAZARDOUS WEDNESDAY. EXPECT THE POSSIBILITY OF SIGNIFICANT DELAYS FOR THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAY OF THE YEAR. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...2 TO 5 INCHES...WITH THE HEAVIEST TOTALS IN THE FAR SOUTHWEST TWIN CITIES SUBURBS AND THE LIGHTEST AMOUNTS IN THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN TWIN CITIES SUBURBS. * TIMING...ACCUMULATING SNOW DEVELOPING AROUND 6 AM AND CONTINUING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.