First snowflakes fly in and around the Twin Cities as eastern North Dakota, northwest Minnesota get rocked by snowstorm

The Twin Cities will take a few flurries compared to what's happening to the northwest.
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Queue the Christmas music because a little bit of snow mixed with rain Friday morning in and around the Twin Cities, with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen documenting it as the first snowflakes of the season. 

Here's a good look at the blue stuff on radar heading into the metro area, courtesy of Bohdan Cole's tweet

The snow won't amount to much of anything in most of Minnesota, but there's a LOT more blue stuff on radar pounding eastern North Dakota and extreme northwest Minnesota, as anywhere from 12-36 inches of snow is possible before the powerful storm system moves out of the region over the weekend. 

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The snowfall forecast map below is astonishing, with up to three feet of snow possible in parts of North Dakota, and as much as a foot not out of the question from Fargo-Moorhead to Detroit Lakes. 

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"Worst impacts are yet to come as the majority of snow and wind develops today, Friday. We've already received heavy snow (6-12+) from west of the Red River Valley into central North Dakota along with mixed precipitation comprised of snow, sleet and freezing rain in the Red River Valley including Grand Forks and Fargo," says the NWS in Grand Forks.

"Mostly rain has fallen east of the Red River Valley but will transition to snow for most later today. Please do not let your guard down. Crippling impacts are still expected for locations west of the Red River Valley with significant impacts still forecast for Red River Valley and adjacent Minnesota locations."

The end result could be "several days of impassable travel" where the highest snow and winds are forecast in North Dakota, according to the weather service. 

The storm system will weaken over the weekend but bring snow showers throughout Minnesota, but no accumulations are expected Saturday night and Sunday. Temps will be cold with highs upper 30s and low-to-mid 40s through the middle of next week, with a potential warmup heading into the following weekend. 

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