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Last blast of snow, then warm air to stick around for good?

Heavy snow to the south, then 60s next week?

It looks like Minnesota will finally be released from the cold, dead grip of an extended snow season, but not before one more shot of snow. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for areas of southern Minnesota, while a winter weather advisory has been posted for all of southwestern Minnesota into Mankato and the southern suburbs of the metro area. 

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Six to 9 inches of snow is possible locations in the warning, while the 3-6 inches are likely within the advisory. Most of the metro will get 1-3 inches, with slightly more possible in the southern 'burbs. 

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

The snow is expected to work its way into southwest Minnesota early Wednesday morning and move through the state over the rest of the day.

Don't be surprised if there's some thundersnow in southern Minnesota, the NWS says

Big warmup on the way?

According to meteorologist Paul Douglas, 50-degree weather is possible this weekend followed by 60s next week

The bad news is that a sudden warmup could "drive an increased river flood threat," according to MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner. 

Nonetheless, warm weather is long overdue. 

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