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Minnesota Weather: Band Of Heavy Snow Making Travel Treacherous In South-Central Minnesota

UPDATE (12:22 p.m.): A band of heavy snow is moving north across south-central Minnesota and approaching the edge of the Twin Cities metro.

At noontime Monday, the heavy, wet snow was falling in a band stretching from Hutchinson to Northfield, cutting across the Interstate 35 corridor. Near Elko New Market, the interstate’s southbound lanes were closed in the early afternoon due a jackknifed semi.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, many roads in the area are completely covered with snow and several crashes have been reported.

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Meteorologist Lisa Meadows says the band of heavy snow will weaken as it moves over the Twin Cities metro in the afternoon hours. During the evening commute, light to moderate snow is expected to fall on the Twin Cities, as well as parts of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The system is expected to fizzle out around 9 p.m.

Snow totals in the Twin Cities are expected to be between 1 to 4 inches, although accumulations could be as high as 6 inches in the southwestern suburbs.

The highest snow totals will be in communities in south-central and southeastern Minnesota, where up to nine inches of snow could stack up.

UPDATE (7:24 a.m.): The National Weather Service has expanded the winter storm warning to the southwestern edge of the Twin Cities metro. Additionally, Hennepin County is now included in the winter weather advisory.

Forecasters say snow totals will drop off significantly east of the Mississippi River, but some metro suburbs — especially those to the south and west — could see half a foot of snow by the time the system pushes out of the region Monday night. Other areas of the metro should expect about 3 inches of wet, heavy snow.

The snow is expected to start falling in the Twin Cities around noontime.

The heaviest snowfall is expected along the Interstate 90 corridor in south-central and southeastern Minnesota. Communities in those areas could see more than 9 inches of accumulation.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just as Minnesotans are settling into spring, a sizable snowstorm is headed our way.

WCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows says after a Sunday with highs in the 40s, the state will drop to the low-30s in the evening, and rise only into the mid-30s Monday — just in time for a storm system to roll in during the morning hours.

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The system — which has already dropped plenty of snow in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska — will battle a pocket of dry air pushing south from northern Minnesota, which is a part of the state that will stay dry.

A Winter Storm Advisory and a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect throughout southern Minnesota between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. The storm will enter the southwest corner of the state after midnight, featuring a snowfall rate of 1-2 inches an hour for several hours. That part of the state will also experience below-zero lows overnight.

Cities like Redwood Falls and Faribault will likely get 3-5 inches of snow, while further south, along the I-90 corridor, communities could see 6-9 inches.

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As the storm heads north, the precipitation will turn into a slushy rain-snow mix. It will reach the Twin Cities by about 10 a.m., but the snow will mostly melt on contact. The heaviest precipitation will be between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with 1-3 inches expected. The system will exit the state by 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Any lingering slush will be gone Wednesday, as temperatures make a rebound. The mercury will keep rising for the rest of the week, and we’ll be back to the high 50s by next weekend.

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Source: CBS Minnesota

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