Snow targeting southern Minnesota on President's Day

More than a nuisance snowfall for some.
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UPDATE:

It appears as though the projected track of the storm system has shifted south, with the Twin Cities now expected to get considerably less snow than thought this morning.

Parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are still on track to get a few inches of snow.

A winter weather advisory has nonetheless been issued, as the small amounts of snow expected in the Twin Cities could make for slick road conditions.

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A snowy President's Day is in the forecast for parts of Minnesota, and the National Weather Service says the storm system might be capable of being more than a "nuisance" for some. 

As always seems to be the case, the Twin Cities appears to be on the northern fringe of  where accumulating snow is possible. The newest information from the weather service gives the metro area a 40-50% of seeing 2+ inches of snow, while parts of southeast Minnesota have an outside shot at getting 6+ inches. 

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More detail from the weather service: 

"Snow is expected Monday into Monday night. The highest chance for at least a few inches is across southern Minnesota into central Wisconsin. Current trends have shifted the heavier snow potential further north with some drift still possible. For that reason, it is too early for specifics on snowfall amounts. Please keep checking the forecast, especially if you have travel plans Monday."

There's also the possibility of snow mixing with rain or freezing rain, "especially as precipitation moves in Monday morning and exits late Monday evening," says the La Crosse office of the NWS, which is forecasting 4-6 inches of snow in and around Austin, Rochester and Wabasha.

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Here's a good look at all of the precipitation types playing out in the simulated future radar from the NAM 3KM model. In the simulation, blue is snow, pink is a wintry mix or freezing rain and green is rain. 

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There are no winter weather advisories or winter storm watches yet, but the Twin Cities office of the NWS says in Sunday morning's forecast discussion that advisories and possibly a winter storm warning for a narrow band of counties will be considered if model trends continue to suggest snow totals worthy of such headlines. 

Check Bring Me The News later Sunday for updates. 

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