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Snowstorm expands: Increasingly likely that the Twin Cities is in the crosshairs

The storm is now less than 24 hours away.

The National Weather Service-Twin Cities has updated its forecast for Monday's snowstorm, saying that it is now "looking increasingly likely that the Twin Cities metro gets into the crosshairs of the heavy snow band Monday." 

On Saturday, the forecast has the metro area on the southern edge of the highest snow totals, whereas now most of the metro is smack dab near the middle of it. That means 7-9 inches is expected in the metro "with the potential this could go higher."

All areas included in the Winter Storm Watch, which has expanded south to include all of the metro area and points south and east, can expect 5-8 inches of snow with localized amounts up to 11 inches. 

The higher totals will be within the heaviest band of snow, where 1-2 inches per hour will be possible. As of Sunday morning, the NWS believes a line of Mora to Cambridge to Princeton line is where a foot or more of snow could fall. 

Rain, sleet or freezing rain could begin late Sunday overnight into Monday morning before changing over completely to snow. And don't be surprised if you hear a clap or two of thunder Sunday morning in the Twin Cities. 

In addition, it'll be very windy with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph.

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