First blast of winter sweeps into East Metro, Woodbury
Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in south Washington County by Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service predicts, with blustery wind and bitterly cold temperatures to follow in the area's first wintry blast of the season.
The first of the snowfall began late-morning Tuesday, and Woodbury plow trucks had finished spreading salt on major roads by mid-afternoon, said Dick Riemenschneider, Woodbury Public Works superintentent.
Washington County is included in a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service that predicts the heaviest snowfall will occur in an area including the Twin Cities' southern suburbs.
Snowfall should total 1 to 3 inches by rush hour, the weather service predicts, with periods of heavy snow beginning in the evening and persisting into early Wednesday morning.
And the Twin Cities' first blizzard of the season won't let up then. Next come the frigid temps: wind chill values could dip as low as 11-below-zero, the weather service forecast said, with winds in the 22-to-25 miles per hour range.