Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The meteorological winter ended Feb. 28th but Mother Nature has other ideas. A winter storm is headed this way and is expected to impact the Rochester area Monday.

National Weather Service

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service office in La Crosse:

A wintry mix is expected to develop across the area on Monday morning and then transition to snow by late Monday afternoon and evening.  Snow accumulations from 4 to 8 inches are possible in the Winter Storm Watch area of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin.  These snowfall totals may change based on shifts in the storm track.

The snow may be heavy at times on Monday afternoon and evening.  Hourly snow rates may be in the excess of 1" per hour.  

Prepare now for likely impacts to travel, including the Monday evening commute. In addition, anticipated amounts could change based on any fluctuation in the storm trace.

Warm weather the past few days has melted much of the snow in the Rochester area. As of midnight, the snow depth at the Rochester airport was only a trace. Cold air will return after the storm moves out and temperatures are expected to be below normal through the end of the week.   

By the way- this is the final week of Central Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time begins 2:00 AM Sunday, Mar 11th.

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