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Winter storm update: Snowfall totals could reach a foot in the Twin Cities

The heaviest snow is expected to fall Sunday evening through Monday morning.
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UPDATE 3:30 P.M. 

The National Weather Service has upped the snowfall potential for the Twin Cities as a snowstorm move through Minnesota this evening through Monday morning. 

"Snowfall amounts in the warning area can be expected to range from 6 to 12 inches," the winter storm warning update says. For the Twin Cities metro area, 8-12 inches is forecast, which is up from the earlier Sunday forecast that called for 6-8 inches. 

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"The greatest snow accumulations will stretch from west central Minnesota through the Twin Cities metro to around the Eau Claire area, with lesser amounts towards northern Minnesota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin," the updated forecast says. 

"This system is expected to cause significant travel impacts, especially Sunday night through the Monday morning commute."

Here's a look at the simulated future radar, which shows snow impacting the metro between 5-6 p.m. and exiting early Monday morning. 

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Sunday 8 a.m.

A winter storm will move through Minnesota today and exit Monday morning with snow totals ranging from 6-12 inches all the way from Fargo through St. Cloud, the Twin Cities and points southeast. 

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The highest totals are currently projected to pile up just to the southeast of the metro where locations like Red Wing, Rochester and Winona could see 8-12 inches.

The majority of the Twin Cities is in line for 6-8 inches, although cities in the far southern metro east of 35W fall into the 8- to- 12-inch zone. 

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Northwest winds 15-25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph will cause significant blowing and drifting in western and southern Minnesota. 

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The morning commute on Monday will likely be difficult, especially so if the snow continues through the early morning hours as the current computer models are suggesting.  

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Here's the official forecast language for the winter storm and the extreme cold set to follow the snow. 

"Accumulating snow will occur across all of central and southern Minnesota into western Wisconsin Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning. The greatest snow accumulations will stretch from west central Minnesota through the Twin Cities metro to around the Eau Claire area, with lesser amounts towards northern Minnesota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. This system is expected to cause significant travel impacts, especially Sunday night through the Monday morning commute.

Snowfall amounts in the warning area can be expected to range from 6 to 8 inches. Snowfall amounts in the advisory area can be expected to range from 3 to 6 inches.

Dangerous wind chills of 60 below zero to 35 below zero are expected Tuesday morning through Thursday morning in western and central Minnesota. Wind chills of 35 below zero and lower are expected Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning in east central MN and west central Minnesota."

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