NWS watching large storm system expected to impact the Upper Midwest this week

It could be a wet, slushy and perhaps even snowy end of the work week.
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As the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the National Weather Service is trying to get the fix on a strong storm system that could bring impacts to Minnesota later this week.

"It looks like a large system will bring rain and possibly some snow across the Upper Midwest later this week," says the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. "There is quite a bit of uncertainty, and the storm track has shifted some, but this remains something to keep an eye on, especially if you have travel plans.

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The weather service says it's still too early to predict snowfall amounts, adding that the rain/snow line with this system will be tough to pin down, not to mention the difficulty in figuring out precisely when rain will change over to snow in many locations. 

Here's a view of the European model simulation for the Thursday-Friday timeframe to give you an idea of what the weather service is talking about. 


If accumulating snow does impact parts the Twin Cities later this week, it'll be the first time since 2 inches fell Feb. 17. The last time more than 5 inches fell at MSP Airport, you have to go all the way back to Nov. 26-27 when 9.2 inches was recorded at MSP. 

To be fair, there have been three snowfall totals of just shy of 5 inches at the airport, one each in December, January and February. 

Meanwhile, for today: "Today, cloudy and patchy drizzle. Some snow could be mixed in before noon. Skies will be sunny on Tuesday before another chance of rain and snow occurs Wednesday and Thursday."

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