Bulk of heavy snow arrives for most of Minnesota, rain for the Twin Cities

Another 5-10 inches of snow could fall in parts of Minnesota.
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UPDATE 12:45 P.M.

Here's the latest simulated future radar from the HRRR model, which is still suggesting 5-7 inches of snow could fall through the early morning hours of Friday. 

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HRRR model snowfall estimates between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

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Original story

Winter Storm Eboni (yes, it has a name) arrived in full force Wednesday night and dropped 2-3 inches of snow on the Twin Cities before the snow changed over to rain and has since been washing away whatever fell. 

While it'll be a slushy, rainy Thursday in the metro and points south, areas on a line from approximately Marshall to Litchfield to Hinckley will get the bulk of the snow over the next 24 hours. 

How much will fall? According to the National Weather Service, an additional 8-12 inches can be expected in places like Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Grand Rapids, Bemidji and Duluth, with totals diminishing as you go south and east into areas like Brainerd (6-8 inches) and St. Cloud (3-4 inches). 

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The National Weather Service Grand Forks office has a zoomed in look at how much additional snow will fall through Friday morning, bringing overall totals over a foot in much of central Minnesota. 

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Travel will be extremely difficult in western, central and northern Minnesota as the heavy snow will be coupled with winds gust over 30 mph, causing reduced visibilities on the roads.

Further west, along the Minnesota-North Dakota border, blizzard warnings are in place as winds will be howling up to 50 mph, causing whiteout conditions and nearly impossible travel.

Here's a look at the simulated future radar through Friday morning. 

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Once the storm system moves through it'll bring much colder air to the state. Lows Thursday night into Friday morning will be at or below zero in western Minnesota and wind chills 10-20 degrees below zero. 

The Arctic air doesn't arrive in the Twin Cities until Friday night, when lows into Saturday morning will drop to near zero

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All eyes then turn to another possible storm system moving through on New Year's Eve into the first day of 2019. It's still too early to get into specifics about it, but that system would likely bring all snow to parts of Minnesota. We'll keep an eye on it and update the blog accordingly. 

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