Snowstorm expected to dump up to 18 inches over parts of Minnesota

Parts of Minnesota could see up to a foot and a half of snow over the course of two days as a winter storm rolls into the state starting Monday.

A winter storm watch that was put in place Saturday afternoon is likely to be upgraded to a winter storm warning in parts of the state that are set for an extended period of heavy snowfall.

With the system moving slightly north, this means the heaviest snow will fall on a line from western Minnesota to Alexandria, St. Cloud and Mora.

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These areas are forecast for 8 to 12 inches of snow on Monday and another 4 to 6 inches on Tuesday.

The slight change means a deterioration in possible snow totals in the Twin Cities, with the southern half of the Metro set for just 1-2 inches on Monday, although parts of the northern Metro could get 2-3 inches.

The Metro is firmly in the 4-6 inch zone Tuesday, which means up to 9 inches could be on the ground in parts of the Twin Cities Wednesday morning.

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The NWS, in its forecast discussion, says it has more confidence in snow totals for Monday than Tuesday at this point, with snow totals “more likely to change” for Tuesday than Monday.

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Either way, it could mark the biggest winter storm in the metro and much of the southern half of Minnesota since Dec. 10 and 11, when parts of the Twin Cities and southeast Minnesota saw more of 20 inches, while 11 inches fell. at MSP airport.

Also, keep the snowblower or shovel handy, because falling snow won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The system will be followed by a return of arctic air which will keep things chilly for the rest of the week.

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