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Winter Storm Warning issued for Minneapolis-St. Paul, surrounding cities

10+ inches possible with the heaviest snow coming in the afternoon.
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Forecasters have upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for a large portion of Minnesota, extending from the northwest to the central and southeastern portions of Minnesota. 

The warning is in effect for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas on Monday from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. 

What to expect: 

  • Minor ice accumulation possible overnight.
  • 5-9 inches of snow with localized amounts up to 10 inches.
  • Rain changes to snow early Monday morning.
  • Highest snow totals in east-central Minnesota.
  • Winds gusting to 40 mph.
  • 1-2 inches of snow per hour in the heaviest bands.
  • Worst travel conditions Monday afternoon and evening.

Areas shaded in pink are in the warning. Counties in the purple shade are under a Winter Weather Advisory. 

Again, the highest snow totals are still forecast for the Cambridge-Princeton-Mora area in east-central Minnesota. 

Meteorologist Paul Huttner tweeted a map of one weather model's predictions and it has just under 10 inches in the Twin Cities and 12+ just to the north of the metro along the I-35 corridor. 

The NWS-La Crosse is predicting 4-8 inches of snow for portions of southeast Minnesota, including the Rochester area. 

Because the temperatures will be close to the freezing mark, forecasters are having a difficult time predicting exactly when the rain will change over to snow. The longer it rains, the less snow potential there is. 

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