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Warnings expand: Heavy snow, blizzard conditions to hammer Minnesota

The storm is ramping up and ready to plow through Minnesota and Wisconsin.


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The National Weather Service has expanded its blizzard and winter storm warnings to the point that now nearly all of Minnesota is under the gun for dangerous winter weather on Wednesday. 

Here's a look at a couple of snowfall projections. First up, Novak Weather, who has been championing the significance of 

"This might be underestimating because this storm system is really looking powerful," said Novak Weather during a Tuesday night Facebook Live video. "Just judging by dynamics in the atmosphere, this storm is really looking impressive." 

Novak is thinking "at least six inches of snow" for the Twin Cities and points north and east.

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The National Weather Service, after originally thinking just a few inches would fall in the Twin Cities area, is also on board with higher totals. 

"Total accumulation will range from 5 to locally 9 inches across east central Minnesota, 3 to 6 inches across western Minnesota, and 2 to 5 inches in Wisconsin," the National Weather Service says, noting that flash freezing could happen on roadways during the day due to rapidly dropping temperatures. 


Travel will be dangerous with heavy snow and powerful northwest winds whipping around 25-35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph in western Minnesota and as high as 50-55 mph to the east. 

For the Twin Cities, things will make a turn for the worse during the afternoon, with the storm impacting areas to the west earlier in the day. 

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"Needless to say, travel should be postponed or adjusted if possible given the adverse conditions that are expected," the weather service says.


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