A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Lake Minnetonka area until 6 a.m. Saturday. Friday's morning commute will be slow and hazardous as the northern line of a winter weather system clips Minnesota on its way east—leaving behind as much as six inches of snow.
From the National Weather Service station in Chanhassan:
"Another winter weather system will arrive and linger into Friday night. Snow has moved into southern Minnesota and is spreading north-northeast across the area. A general 2-6 inches of snow are expected across the southern half of Minnesota and into west central Wisconsin. There will be a brief break in the weather over the weekend, but the threat of additional accumulating snow events is increasing during the first half of next week."
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen downgraded the winter storm, dubbed Winter Storm Q, to a "winter weather advisory" for the Twin Cities' northern area, including the Lake Minnetonka area .
The storm is set to dump nearly a foot of snow along the Minnesota and Iowa border, with even higher amounts possible to the west, in Nebraska.
Still, snowfall amounts should hit the three-inch to six-inch mark in most Lake Minnetonka communities, making it one of this season's more prominent snowfalls.
The timing could also be a bear, with snow forecast to fall during Thursday night's drive home, straight through to Friday morning's commute into work.
Check out our Lake Minnetonka traffic map for more information about road conditions, and follow the site Thursday night and Friday for any accidents that might tie up roads in the area.