Spring may be on its way, but Winter isn't going to give up without a fight; as much as 12 inches of fresh snow could fall through Tuesday morning in Eagan and across much of the metro area.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a winter storm warning for much of central and southern Minnesota, and western Wisconsin. Six to 10 inches is expected in most areas, with some storm totals reaching 12 inches. The warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the weather service, the storm will come through in two waves of moderate to heavy snow. The first will come Sunday night through Monday morning. The second round is expected to begin Monday night and last through Tuesday morning.
A winter storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Travel is only advised during an emergency, and travels should go with extra water, food and a flashlight.
Heavy snowfall will combine with easterly winds gusting to around 10-20 mph to give Dakota County a one-two weather punch on Monday. Blowing and drifting snow is expected on Monday and Tuesday in open areas, forecasters say.