NWS now says 8 inches of snow possible this week in Minnesota

Gas up the snowblower if you live in northwest Minnesota.
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UPDATE 3:45 P.M. TUESDAY

The snow forecast has been updated and there's still a chance for widespread amounts of 2-6 inches of snow in northwest Minnesota, including some pockets where upwards of 8 inches could fall. 

A winter weather advisory has been posted and it includes the cities of Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Grand Forks, Thief River Falls and Roseau. An upgrade to a winter storm warning is possible once forecasters have a better idea where the heavy, narrow band of snow is expected. 

Original story

Residents in northwest Minnesota are mourning the early death of fall, as Mother Nature's cold, dead hands have ripped it away and has plans to spend the next 48 hours replacing colorful leaves with heavy, wet snow. 

Yes, what just 24 hours ago was being billed as a storm likely to generate 1-4 inches of snow with pockets of 4+ inches, now resembles something more akin to a legitimate snowstorm. 

The new forecast Monday morning calls for widespread 3-6 inch snow totals with some areas receiving 6-8 inches. Thief River Falls, we're looking at you. But that could change as the National Weather Service (NWS) isn't very confident about where exactly the narrow band of the heaviest snow will set up. 

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This from the Grand Forks office of the NWS

"A round of early season winter weather is expected to impact eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota from late tonight through early Thursday morning. While most locations can expect to see 3-6 inches of snow accumulation, a few areas may see higher amounts greater than 6 inches." 

Winds will also be gusting 25-35 mph, causing reduced visibility and difficult travel conditions. The snow will be heavy enough that downed trees and branches in addition to power outages will be possible. 

Places like Fargo, Detroit Lakes and Bemidji could all get in on the snow. 

Here's a look at the simulated future radar from 12 a.m. Wednesday through 12 a.m. Thursday. Computer models vary with placement of the heaviest snow, but this one is a good example of how rain will change over to snow and be heavy, as noted by the darker blue colors. 

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On the southeast side of the storm it'll be all rain, with the highest totals (2-3 inches, locally higher amounts) expected in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The forecast total for the Twin Cities has been downgraded to 1-2 inches of rain by Wednesday evening. 

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