In Minnesota's forecast this week: 6-plus inches of snow, whiteout conditions in some areas

There's a winter storm watch coming, as the band moves in Wednesday night.

That snow storm we warned you about Monday hasn't gone away.

A band of snow will hit western Minnesota Wednesday evening, and then another will develop that night in the eastern part of the state (from south-central Minnesota up to northwest Wisconsin), the National Weather Service says.

There's a winter storm watch in effect Wednesday evening through to Thursday morning for basically the entire state – all of the blue counties in this map:

What this means: 3-plus inches for a lot of Minnesotans, with some spots getting half a foot or more.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities provided this map, showing potential snowfall totals across the state. 

The worst-hit cities could get 6-8 inches. That'll be the sliver of yellow on the right-hand map. It cuts from just north of Fairmont, up above the Twin Cities and to the Lake Superior shore.

The Twin Cities, Mankato, St. Cloud, and Iron Range are all in the 4-6 inch range.

In the Northland, the National Weather Service Duluth says things will likely start with a wintry mix.

And then there's the wind

Gusts in the southwestern area of the state (check the left-hand map above) could reach 40 mph, the winter storm watch says. That'll blow snow around, and could create whiteout blizzard conditions at times.

While residents there might get the worst of it, other areas won't be much better.


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Winds up to 35 mph are possible in the Twin Cities region too, and the timing of the snow – early Thursday – could make that morning's commute slow.

And the Morrison County Sheriff's Office (central Minnesota) on Facebook writes: "Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions."

The heavy snow should move out by Thursday evening.

How likely is this to happen?

Is there a 100 percent chance of the maximum possible snow totals falling? Of course not.

The Weather Service, in a tweet, offered up percentages for how likely certain snow totals are. In the Twin Cities for example there's a 61 percent chance of 4-plus inches, and a 34 percent chance of 6 inches or more.

Here's the map:

But as always, stay tuned. Shifts in where the heaviest snowfall will hit are possible, NWS Duluth points out.

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