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MN Weather: 2-Day Storm Could Drop A Foot Of Snow In Central Minnesota

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MORE CERTAIN
– Long-duration storm with two distinct pieces
– The first will bring heavy snow Monday to north-central Minnesota
– Then another round of heavy snow will come Tuesday for central Minnesota & Western Wisconsin
– Blowing snow could create problems on roads
– Temperatures decrease over the next couple days (Wednesday looks cold)

LESS CERTAIN
– Exact storm path and snow totals
– Potential for very light mix in southern MN

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A winter storm is moving through Minnesota, threatening to bring a one-two punch of snow that could leave much of the state shoveling out.

The storm will hit in two waves. The first is already making its way through the state Monday, and is mainly affecting north-central Minnesota. The area is under a winter storm warning, as snow is falling at rates around an inch per hour, creating whiteout conditions. According to a MnDOT map, many roads in central Minnesota are already completely covered with snow. Traffic cameras in the area show the snow drifting onto roadways. Yet again, the Red River Valley is experiencing blizzard conditions.

As of noontime, WCCO Weather Watchers have reported around 3 inches of accumulation in areas such as Grantsburg and Malmo. By the time the snow band leaves Minnesota in the evening hours, communities from Alexandria to Hinkley could see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. This area includes St. Cloud and the area immediately south of the Brainerd chain of lakes.

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To the south, the Twin Cities metro is also under a winter storm warning starting at 8 p.m. Although the Twin Cities won’t see much accumulation Monday, blowing snow could reduce visibility during the evening hours. The metro area is expected to be hit with the second round of snow Tuesday.

High temperatures in the Twin Cities area are expected to be in the low 20s Monday, and will dip to the low teens Tuesday. When temperatures are in the low teens, the treatments that crews use on roadways become less effective. As such, drivers should beware of slick spots, particularly on bridges and underpasses, while traveling Tuesday.

The second round of snow will enter Minnesota in the overnight hours, bringing widespread snowfall Tuesday. Heavy snow is expected to fall across central Minnesota, making for difficult travel in the Twin Cities. The snow will fall through the afternoon before pushing into western Wisconsin Tuesday night.

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For the Twin Cities, snow totals over the two-day event will be around 3 to 6 inches. From St. Cloud to Duluth, more than a foot of snow could accumulate. Areas south of the Twin Cities could see 5-7 inches of snow.

Following the storm will be another blast of unseasonably cold air, which looks to stick around through the rest of the week. Another chance for light snow looks to be in store for Thursday. The weekend is expected to bring sunshine and a slight warmup.


Source: CBS Minnesota

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