The National Weather Service (NWS) says it's becoming increasingly likely that a winter storm will impact Minnesota Friday-Saturday, and there's a growing chance that snow totals could exceed 8 inches.
"Confidence continues to be high in the potential for 6-8" of snow or more across much of Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, along with the potential for blowing and drifting snow," the Twin Cities office of the NWS said Wednesday.
This nugget of information from the forecast discussion issued Wednesday morning by the NWS Twin Cities:
"All signs continue to points to a winter storm impacting the area Friday into Saturday, with confidence trending higher in both the potential for seeing heavier snowfall amounts of 8-12", as well as gusty winds leading to blowing/drifting snow concerns Saturday."
"Portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan, could get over a foot of snow before the end of the weekend," reads the forecast from AccuWeather.
The NWS isn't tossing around snowfall maps just yet, but you can get an idea of what might happen from the weather models available to the public. These models will change with each wave of data they receiver, but here's what the European model is suggesting will fall between Wednesday and Sunday.
The American model is even more aggressive with totals. Keep in mind that these numbers do include snow that falls today (Wednesday).
Light accumulations are expected Wednesday during the day as a system pushes through Minnesota. Nothing major, but 1-3 inches are possible mainly north of Interstate 94 in central and northern parts of the state, with a dusting to 2 inches possible in the metro.
"In addition, freezing drizzle is likely over far southern Minnesota, particularly over the Interstate 90 corridor. A few hundredths of an inch of ice accretion can be expected through this morning," the NWS says.
Bone-chilling cold Thursday
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