Motorists should prepare for snow-covered road conditions in portions of Minnesota beginning Tuesday morning as a winter storm is expected to bring snow to the region through Wednesday morning, which means travel could be difficult.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of central, southern and northeast Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. Forecasts suggest snowfall amounts could reach 2 to 5 inches in most areas of the state, with some higher amounts of snow possible, beginning Tuesday morning.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages motorists to check before they travel to see current road conditions and view highway and snowplow cameras along their route.

Hundreds of snowplow operators will be working during the winter storm to keep road conditions as safe and clear as possible. Motorists should remember to slow down, stay alert, and stay back at least 10 car lengths and use extra caution when driving near snowplows.