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Next chance for snow in Minnesota might come Wednesday

It's no guarantee, and it doesn't look like a big storm system if it does arrive.
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No powerhouse snowstorms are in the short-term forecast for Minnesota, but the first flakes of 2021 could fall somewhere in the state by the middle of the week. 

"A weak front may bring a chance of light snow and sleet early Monday morning. Another chance of precipitation comes mid-week before a quiet end of the first week of 2021," the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service said Sunday morning. 

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According to the forecast discussion, the European computer model is pinning the snow south and west of Minnesota while the American model is more aggressive, thus bringing some snow to the state. The North American Model more in agreement with the American model. 

The La Crosse office of the weather service says the storm system, which is still out over the Pacific Ocean, could easily keep precipitation south of Minnesota, so there is no guarantee that snow will fall Wednesday. 

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Here's a look at the North American Model's radar simulation through Wednesday.

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This isn't a blockbuster storm system by any means. In fact, meteorologist Sven Sundgaard tweeted Saturday that the next three chances of precipitation in Minnesota – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – all look weak. 

That falls in line with what NOAA's Weather Prediction Center is saying with Minnesota expected to see below normal precipitation through  at least Jan. 12. 

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