Brace yourself …

The “S” on this stop sign in southern Lyon County on Monday morning could’ve stood for “snow” as much as it does for “stop,” prior to a major winter storm headed our way early this week. Photo / Per Peterson

By the time you read this, you’ve either started shoveling or plowing, are getting ready to shovel or plow, trying to decide whether to wait to shovel or plow and bracing for more shoveling and plowing.

Either way, you know by now we’re in the midst of what has been sold as the biggest snowstorm of the winter season.

“It’s going to be a doozy — kind of reminiscent to that early storm we had in January,” Ivan Gumbs, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, SD, said Monday. “It looks like (southwest Minnesota) is going to be in the worst of it. It looks like it will be a multi-day system coming in Tuesday, late morning into afternoon. There will be most likely a frontal ban set up just over southwest Minnesota — that will be your first round of snow.”

Just how much snow will fall in the area is up in the air, but what won’t soon be up in the air is a lot of white stuff, and it was expected to start falling Tuesday, as a winter storms watch was put into effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning. That, as Gumbs, said, will be the first, and weakest phase of the system.

See more in this week’s paper!