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Strong snowstorm approaching MN: Accumulation possible in Twin Cities

Most of the snow will fall on Monday morning and into the early afternoon.

A powerful winter storm remains on track to plow through southern Minnesota late Sunday night and through the day Monday. 

Snowfall amounts of 5-8 inches are forecast in an area of southwest and south-central Minnesota, where a winter storm warning is in effect from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The warning is surrounded by a winter weather advisory, where 3-5 inches of snow is possible. 

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"A band of precipitation will lift northeast into southern Minnesota late tonight, quickly becoming all snow. This will be a heavy, wet snow with rates of over an inch per hour possible. The snow will taper off during the late morning into early afternoon on Monday," explains the National Weather Service. 

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The Twin Cities metro area is currently north of all warnings and advisories, though the official snowfall forecast from the weather service projects 2-3 inches in the majority of the metro, with 3-4 possible in the southern suburbs. 

The weather service says the high end for the metro is 3 inches, with zero also a realistic possibility. 

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The far southwest corner of the state could begin receiving snowfall around midnight, though the bulk of the area will be impacted mainly on Monday morning and through the midday. 

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Here's a look at the NAM 3KM computer model radar simulation, which shows a very heavy band of snow slowly moving across southern counties on Monday. 

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While it's possible that road conditions worsen through the day Monday, driving conditions in the metro area may not be severely impacted. The NWS explains: 

"As the band of snow reaches the I-94 corridor mid morning, surface temperatures will likely reach the low to mid 30s so it isn't certain travel conditions will deteriorate substantially unless the rates exceed a half inch per hour. Even if official snowfall measurements end up at 4 or even 5 inches, the impacts may not justify an advisory."

Stay tuned for possible updates as the snow is still more than 12 hours away, which could result in slight changes to the forecast for your area. 

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