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Blizzard warnings issued for 'potentially historic' snowstorm in Minnesota

Parts of southwest Minnesota could get 2 feet of snow.
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Not much has changed in the National Weather Service's latest forecast for what they're now calling a "potentially historic" winter storm that'll push through Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Wednesday-Friday. 

In today's Weather MN blog, brought to you by Pet Evolution, we can tell you that on Monday the weather service issued a winter storm watch that includes the Twin Cities. 

That has not changed, but instead of saying 7-15 inches of snow could fall, they've adjusted totals slightly, now ranging 8-12 inches, although totals in the north metro could exceed a foot. 

The thing to watch out for, the weather service says, is a very tight snowfall gradient where the rain takes longer to change over to snow. Right now, that area is just southeast of the Twin Cities. Any shift further north/northwest could dramatically lessen snow totals. 

If you live in parts of west/southwest Minnesota, look out. Isolated locations could wind up with snow totals of 2 feet. Basically, everywhere from pretty much Marshall all the way to Duluth could get walloped with 12+ inches of snow.  

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Blizzard warnings have been issued in west/southwest Minnesota and all the way up into Stearns County, including the cities of St. Cloud, Litchfield, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Lac qui Parle and Marshall. 

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"Blizzard conditions are expected across western Minnesota where wind gusts of 50+ mph will combine with over a foot of snow to produce nearly impossible travel conditions," the NWS says.

Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the North American Model (NAM 12KM) reflective from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 1 p.m. Friday. This is a loop of what could happen, not what will happen. 

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Minneapolis/St. Paul could end with one of its 10 heaviest April snowfalls if the airport records more than 7.6 inches of snow. The biggest April snowstorm in MSP history was last April 14-15 when 15.8 inches fell.

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