Area schools have closed and bands of snow will continue through the day as a winter storm makes its way through the listening area.

Weathereye Meteorologist Megan Mulford says a total of 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected during the day.

“I would advise just staying home because we are just gonna see lots of snow and it’s gonna be that heavy wet snow. Because we are into spring now, it’s holding a lot more moisture. Also, if you do have to shovel just kind of take it easy and don’t strain yourself.”

Another 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible during the evening hours.

MnDOT District 7 Area Maintenance Engineer Jed Falgren says travel will be slow today.

“Roads are completely covered in the area and we’ve got all of our plows out. Right now the winds are not up at all. But they are forecast to come up later in the day. Just depending on how much this snow moves around, it could get very interesting.”

A winter storm warning continues for the listening area until 1 a.m. overnight.

For the latest on road conditions, head to http://www.511mn.org/.