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Winter storm warning in southern Minnesota issued after system slows, heavy snow expected

Things have changed quite rapidly over the past few hours.

5 P.M. UPDATE

The weather service has now added Hennepin, Ramsey, Carver and Washington counties to a winter weather advisory. The winter storm warning (details below) is for a few counties in south-central Minnesota, but locations in the winter weather advisory, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, are now forecast to get 2-4 inches of snow. 

Here's the exact description of what's happening in Hennepin, Carver, Ramsey and Washington counties, courtesy of the NWS: "Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts of up to around 6 inches possible."

4 P.M. UPDATE

After earlier indications suggested there would be limited impact on Minnesota from today's snow system, things have changed quite rapidly over the last few hours.

A winter storm warning has now been issued in three southeast Minnesota counties, Nicollet, Sibley and Brown, with high snowfall rates expected over a short period of time.

There could be as much as 7-10 inches of snow falling in the space of a few hours Monday afternoon and into the evening.

"The slow moving system will produce snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour this afternoon and evening," the National Weather Service says. 

"A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Brown, Sibley, and Nicollet Counties, which will see a couple more hours of heavy snow, and could have 7 to 10 inches by the time the snow ends this evening."

Parts of the south Twin Cities metro is expected to be caught on the edge of the slow-moving, fast-falling system.

This could make for potentially hazardous conditions towards the end of the evening commute.

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