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Accumulating snow to impact Twin Cities, eastern parts of Minnesota on Monday

A half a foot of snow isn't out of the question for the metro.

A very wet Saturday in the Twin Cities has paved the way for a drier Sunday before snow arrives Monday, while snow continues to fall in western and northern Minnesota. 

For the Twin Cities, which has seen freezing rain and rain so far, the snow will wrap around from north to south as the strong storm system exits the region Monday. Because the storm is expected to intensify over the Great Lakes, it is expected to deliver plowable snow totals in the Twin Cities and east-central Minnesota and much of Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service. 

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With that, the winter storm warning remains in place through Monday afternoon for western and northern parts of Minnesota, while a new winter weather advisory has been issued for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas for tonight through 6 a.m. Tuesday. 

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The Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service expects around 3-6 inches of snow in the metro area, with higher totals Monday in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  

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Here's what folks in the Northland can expect Monday, courtesy of the NWS Duluth: 

"Only 2-5" for north-central MN, but as much as 4-8" for the Twin Ports and MN Arrowhead, with around 5-10"+ likely for northwest Wisconsin. Lake enhancement will lead to locally higher snowfall amounts as high as 10-16"+ on the south shore. Travel will be dangerous to near impossible at times late Monday afternoon and evening!"

The weather service expects light rain to transition to drizzle or freezing rain overnight, with snow moving in during the day Monday as colder air filters in on the back side of the storm. Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the NAM computer model. 


The storm system finally gets out of here by Tuesday morning, leading the way to dry conditions on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 

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