Snowy, cold Saturday with wind chills in the 20s in Minnesota

Accumulations are expected in the northern half of Minnesota.
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Saturdays in October are meant for raking leaves, but good luck doing that today with frozen temps, strong winds and snow mixing with cold rain. 

"A powerful Fall Storm will continue to bring occasional light snow to central Minnesota today," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "The light snow will mixed with light rain across southern Minnesota this afternoon. 

"The mixed precipitation will slowly diminish tonight, and end Sunday morning. The higher snowfall totals will occur around Alexandria, Mora, and Rice Lake."

That's right. Accumulating snow. Not for the metro or anywhere from about St. Cloud and south. But areas like Alexandria, Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes could wind up with a good six inches, with other parts of the northern half of Minnesota in line for 1-4. 

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The good news is that the NWS has dropped all Minnesota counties from blizzard and winter storm warnings. The map above was created by the weather service just before the blizzard and winter storm warnings in far northwest Minnesota were cancelled and replaced by a winter weather advisory. 

Here's the simulated future radar from the HRRR computer model (GIF may not load in all browsers). It shows the storm system weakening as Saturday progresses. 

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The high temp in the Twin Cities will only get to the upper 30s, and with winds howling out of the northwest at 30+ mph the wind chill will make it feel like its in the 20s. The wind chill in Minneapolis at 7:30 a.m. was 23 degrees. 

Temps are forecast to stay 10-15 degrees below normal through Wednesday, with highs each day only in the 40s. 

Meanwhile, in North Dakota, this

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