Winter storm could drop 8 inches of snow on Sunday

Metro area is not currently in the path of the heaviest snow.
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If you're planning to be on the road Sunday you'll have to battle an incoming snowstorm that is expected to deliver another healthy dose of snow to much of Minnesota. 

Right now, the National Weather Service is forecasting the heaviest snow – a wide swath of 6-8 inches – along the Minnesota River in west-central and south-central Minnesota. 

Cities in the bullseye include Madison, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Marshall, Mankato, Fairmont and Albert Lea. 

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Here's a tweet from the NWS showing expected snow totals (the headline says Thursday/Thursday night, but that's clearly an error). 

Less snow is expected on the northeast side of the storm, with 3-5 inches falling along the Interstate 94 corridor from Alexandria to St. Cloud and through the Twin Cities metro area. 

MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner says this will be a day time storm, starting in western Minnesota before spreading east towards the Twin Cities around the lunch hour. 

The National Weather Service is then watching a couple of storm systems that could impact the region next week, although it's too early to tell if they'll be snow or rain events. 

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