Twin Cities added to winter storm warning: Snow totals ranging higher

It's been a yo-yo of a forecast from a difficult to predict winter storm.
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And just like that the National Weather Service has included the entire Twin Cities metro area in a winter storm warning. 

New inclusions to the warning include Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Polk, Barron and St. Croix counties, where 8-14 inches of snow is expected. 

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This is in line with what the weather service was forecasting back on Monday, although earlier today they lowered expected snowfall totals to 2-8 inches. Again, the weather service noted that significant changes are possible with this storm, so further variation in snow totals could still happen.

Here's what to expect, per the warning language

"Snow, heavy at times, becoming mixed with sleet and snow Thursday morning. Snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph."

Here's a look at the old warning map (left) compared to the new one (right). 

Red means blizzard warning, pink is a winter storm warning and purple is a winter weather advisory. The map on the right is the updated map.

Red means blizzard warning, pink is a winter storm warning and purple is a winter weather advisory. The map on the right is the updated map.

Here's a look at the simulated future radar (HRRR model) through Thursday morning, when the bulk of the snow could fall for the metro. 

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Heavier snow totals, upwards of two feet, are still possible in western and central Minnesota.

School closures are also expected to roll in as the afternoon unfolds. You can find a running list of closures here.

Check back for updates. 

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