Heavy snow shatters Twin Cities February record, and more is coming!

As of 6:15 a.m., Marshall had already picked up 6 inches of snow.
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Heavy snow on Wednesday helped shatter a February snow record for the Twin Cities that has stood for 57 years.

As of noon, 7.8 inches of snow had fallen at MSP record, meaning there had been 30.4 inches so far this month – a record for February.

It's now the 10th snowiest month ever in the metro area, and the first time that the Twin Cities has seen more than 30 inches in a calendar month since December 2010.

By the time this storm is done later today, places like Fairmont, Mankato, Redwood Falls, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Delano and parts of the metro could see in excess of 10 inches. 

The storm has led to spinouts and crashes on roads across the metro, and caused severe delays to departures and arrivals at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Generally, everyone in the southern half of Minnesota and then up into the Duluth area is forecast to get 6-8 inches, which is reflected by the winter storm warning that's in effect. 

This is the 5 a.m. HRRR model and it shows heavy snow moving through and completely out of the metro area by 5-6 p.m. or so. 

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As of 6:15 a.m., Marshall in southwest Minnesota had already received 6 inches of snow. You can stay up-to-date with snowfall reports right here.

Bigger winter storm Friday-Sunday?

As soon as we dig out of today's snow all eyes will turn to what could be an even bigger winter storm for the weekend. The National Weather Service says it's not confident in the exact track of the weekend system, but it does appear likely that it'll be very powerful and capable of producing some big-time snow amounts wherever it tracks. 

The February snow record at MSP Airport is 26.5 inches, set in 1962. That record will be broken today with just four inches of snow, and then possibly shattered if the weekend storm comes to fruition. 

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"Between the system today and the one this weekend which itself could bring a foot or more, we may crush the February record by 10 to 15 inches in some areas by early next week," says the NWS Twin Cities forecast discussion, which notes that "blizzard conditions are probable" in parts of the state. 

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It's still too early to get caught up in the possibility of major snow totals again this weekend because the system could track further north and bring rain or mixed precipitation, which would cut into snow totals. Or, if the system tracks to the south it could keep the heaviest snow in Iowa and Wisconsin. 

Right now, the weather service believes the first signs of the weekend storm will come with some snow in western and central Minnesota during the second half of the day Friday, with the main part of the snow arriving later Saturday.

We'll stay on top of the changing forecast, but if you have travel plans this weekend be prepared for possible disruptions. 

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