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False alarm: Snowstorm slides south, most of Minnesota to be spared

Minnesotans don't need snow in late April. Give it to Iowa and Wisconsin.

The winter storm impacting the Upper Midwest today has shifted south, meaning most of the heavy snow is expected to impact will be in northern Iowa and southern Wisconsin, not southern Minnesota as was forecast on Friday. 

The National Weather Service has trimmed the number of Minnesota counties in a winter storm warning significantly, and all that remain in the warning are six counties on the border: Martin, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, and Houston counties. 

Even those are now on the northern periphery of where the heaviest snow is expected to fall. 

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 "Still cannot rule out the possibility that a bit more snow could occur farther north," the NWS Twin Cities says, but the chances of that are fading fast. 

Today's Weather MN blog is brought to you by Pet Evolution, and as you can see in the simulated future radar (may not work in some browsers), the Twin Cities might wind up mostly dry, although it'll certainly be colder than normal, breezy, cloudy and pretty gloomy. 

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A winter weather advisory has replaced most of the winter storm warning, although south metro counties of Carver, Scott and Dakota have been removed from the advisory completely and no accumulations are anticipated. 

Areas in the winter storm warning are forecast to get 4-7 inches of snow, while locations in the advisory are in line for 1-4 inches. But in reality, it's more likely that the six Minnesota counties still in the winter storm warning will get totals that closer match advisory-level totals. 

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