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Winter storm watch issued, big snowfall totals and blizzard conditions possible

This is a big time snowstorm and it's headed right for Minnesota.


The winter storm watch has been extended north to include all of central Minnesota and most of the southern half of the. 

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions will be possible in west-central and southwest Minnesota, with gusts up to 45 mph in addition to 10-15 inches of snow. 

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A major winter storm set to strike Minnesota Friday and Saturday will produce major snow totals in addition to a round of rain and freezing rain before it changes over to snow. 

A winter storm watch has been issued for most of central and southern Minnesota, including the metro area. Areas of central and west-central Minnesota can expect 8-12 inches of snow. 

"In addition to the heavy snow, strong winds gusting between 40 to 50 mph will bring the possibility of blizzard conditions to west central Minnesota. The best chance for whiteouts will be late Friday night there. The rain will turn to a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow across south central and east central Minnesota, and west central Wisconsin Friday evening, before changing to all snow Saturday."

It'll be interesting to see how snowfall predictions evolve between now and when the storm hits. Computer models, like the ones tweeted out below by meteorologist Paul Douglas, are showing up to 18 inches of snow in parts of the state. 

The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes also tweeted out a graphic that shows similar totals. 


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