Winter Storm Warning takes effect tonight

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for southern Minnesota, along the Interstate 90 corridor, from Monday night until Tuesday night.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson and Grand counties in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Snowfall amounts of six or more inches will be possible across much of the region, including the Sioux Falls area. On Tuesday night and Wednesday strong northerly wind gusts to between 20 and 30 miles per hour will create areas of blowing snow.

The forecast calls for 2 to 6 inches of heavy wet snow and sleet along with some ice.

Up to a foot of snow could fall during the same time frame in Driggs, St. Anthony, Dubois, Rexburg, Craters of the Moon, Arbon, Soda Springs and Lava Hot Springs. More than 15 feet of snow has fallen on parts of the Sierra since January 1.

Cuomo says additional resources from other regions of the state are ready for reallocation as necessary.

Sleet, not snow, coming Monday into Tuesday

"While the snow will generally be light, there will be heavier showers this afternoon and evening", the National Weather Service said.

"The morning commute (Tuesday) looks like it will be the worst of it", Evans noted.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through 10 p.m. Friday in Reno and Carson City. But as temperatures moderate again into Tuesday afternoon, the precipitation is expected to be just rain.

As of Monday, January 2017's average temperature of 30.9 degrees places it ninth on the all-time warmest months of January since records started being kept at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport during World War II.

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