Slight storm shift north puts southern suburbs in line for snow

Up to 8 inches could fall in southern parts of the state on Friday.
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UPDATE: 11:45 A.M.

Southern Minnesota is still expected to take the brunt of today's winter storm, but the National Weather Service has added some southern metro counties to a winter weather advisory with more snow now expected than originally forecast. 

The NWS still isn't talking about a whole lot for the metro, and next to nothing for places north of Interstate 94, but the south metro, especially suburbs including Chaska, Lakeville, Farmington and Shakopee could see anywhere from 1-4 inches fall.

Head just a bit further north to places like Bloomington, Richfield and Minneapolis and an inch or less is expected. 

"Have updated snowfall forecast this morning based on HRRR and other hi-res models. These have shifted north some the axis of heaviest snow, but have shown little shift in where the northern boundary of snowfall ends up, which is right up to I-94," the NWS says

"With the shift north, we basically added a row of counties to the warning and advisory. Highest amounts are still expected to be around 8 inches, it's just expected to move slightly off the I-90 corridor and up more to a St. James to Albert Lea line."

Original story

Mother Nature is providing the Twin Cities with another near miss as a strong storm system will dump significant snowfall on southern Minnesota today. 

A dusting to perhaps and inch or so is possible in the south metro, but amounts grow substantially further to the south and southwest where winter storm warnings are in place with eight inches of snow possible by the time the storm passes through late Friday night. 

This from the National Weather Service

"Snow will begin in west central and southwest Minnesota after sunrise, and spread eastward during the day. Heavier snowfall, with amounts of 6 to 8 inches, are expected along the Iowa border. Only light snow, or flurries is expected as far north as the Twin Cities metro area, with cloudy skies in central Minnesota, as well as west central Wisconsin. Temperatures will be cool for mid-January with readings in the single digits to lower teens. The snow will end this evening with clearing skies overnight. Lows tonight will drop below zero in west central, and central Minnesota, with single digits above zero in west central Wisconsin."

The heaviest snow will impact Marshall, Pipestone, Jackson, Worthington, Windom, Fairmont and Albert Lea, all of which could receive 6-8 inches. Mankato can expect 4-6 inches while Rochester is in line for 3-5 inches. 

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Blowing and drifting is possible as well and travel conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day Friday. 

Here's a look at the simulated future radar for the rest of the day. 


In addition to the snow, an Arctic blast of air will keep temperatures in the single digits and low teens on Friday, and where the new snow falls there will be very cold, subzero readings, overnight into Saturday when the temperature will struggle to climb above zero, according to the NWS

It'll be even colder up north, where wind chill values will be dangerous this weekend. 

"Expect dangerous wind chills of 25 to 50 below zero across central, north-central, and northeast Minnesota," the NWS Duluth says

More snow, blowing snow early next week

Some light snow is possible over the weekend before a stronger system arrives Monday into Tuesday. The current thinking from the NWS is that the best chance for accumulating snow on Monday/Tuesday is north of Interstate 94. 


Along with the snow is the expectation of strong winds that will cause significant blowing and drifting. 

The storm track on this system will undoubtedly shift a bit over the next few days so check back for clearer updates on what could happen. 

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