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Twin Cities watches from sidelines again as snowstorm will impact far southern Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota will get the most snow on Friday.

UPDATE: STORM SHIFTS NORTH, WINTER STORM WARNINGS ISSUED

The storm has shifted north slightly, meaning more snow than originally forecast is now expected across southwest and southern parts of Minnesota. Areas within the winter storm warning could see 5-8 inches of snow, beginning early Friday and lasting throughout the day. 

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The dry winter is set to continue in the Twin Cities while portions of a parched southern Minnesota are in line for accumulating snow on Friday. 

Just a dusting of snow is anticipated in the metro area, but further to the south and especially to the southwest snow totals could be enough to plow. 

  • Rochester: 1-2 inches
  • Mankato: 2-3 inches
  • Redwood Falls: 2-3 inches
  • Marshall: 4-6 inches
  • Albert Lea: 4-6 inches
  • Fairmont: 4-6 inches
  • Pipestone: 4-6 inches

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Friday along and south of the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota, where general snowfall totals will range from 2-5 inches.  

The snow is expected to begin Friday morning and be tapering off by Friday evening. Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the North American computer model. 

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So when the heck is it going to snow again in the Twin Cities? Maybe on Monday into Tuesday, but we're not talking about any gargantuan storms rolling through at this point. But snow lovers would appreciate just a few inches, so we'll wait and see what happens early next week. 

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Meanwhile, the cold air has arrived in northern Minnesota and it'll be in place throughout all of Minnesota by Friday morning, with wind chill values in greater Minnesota diving to as low as -25 or -35.

Actual air temps will be in the single digits in the Twin Cities and points southeast Friday night and Saturday night, but areas of central and northern Minnesota will fall to as low as -15 to -25 below zero. 

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