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Winter storm warnings issued for western, northern Minnesota; winter weather advisory in the Twin Cities

Snow totals will vary across the state, with highest amounts in western Minnesota.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory for parts of Minnesota as a strong storm will bring snow, freezing rain, sleet and rain to the state over the weekend. 

The Twin Cities and the majority of east-central, south-central and southeast Minnesota are in a winter weather advisory. In those locations, minor snow accumulations are expected over the weekend in addition to freezing rain, sleet and rain. 

Details, courtesy of the National Weather Service: 

"Precipitation will begin late tonight and early Saturday in the from of snow west of a Redwood Falls to St. Cloud line with a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet to the east. The wintry mix will transition to rain from south to north Saturday, with the rain/wintry mix/snow line setting up across western Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday. Ice accumulation early Saturday could reach up to two tenths of an inch in some places.

"Snowfall accumulations across far western Minnesota through Sunday will range from 4 to 8 inches. Colder air will move in Sunday, changing precip to mostly light snow. This snow will fall occasionally Sunday night and Monday, with light additional accumulation expected."

The winter storm warning is in effect basically everywhere along and west of a line that extends from Redwood Falls to Long Prairie and up into the Arrowhead of Minnesota.

Pink is the winter storm warning, purple is the winter weather advisory. 

Pink is the winter storm warning, purple is the winter weather advisory. 

Snowfall totals will vary. Here are some county predictions from the National Weather Service:

10-16 inches: Big Stone, Grant, Traverse counties. 

9-14 inches: Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, Wadena counties. 

9-15 inches: Grant, Wilkin counties. 

6-14 inches: Lincoln, Lyon counties. 

6-12 inches: Polk, Norman, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater, Beltrami, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Steele, Traill counties. 

5-8 inches: North Beltrami, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Roseau counties. 

4-8 inches: Cass, Koochiching, Itasca counties.

4-8 inches: Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Stevens, Swift, Yellow Medicine counties. 

4-8 inches: The northern two-thirds of St. Louis County. 

4-7 inches: Douglas, Pope, Todd counties. 

2-4 inches: Aitkin, Carlton, Crow Wing, southern St. Louis counties. 

1-3 inches: Benton, Chicago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns counties. 

1-2 inches: Kandiyohi, Meeker counties. 

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Mixed precipitation with up to a half-inch of sleet and two-tenths of an inch of ice are forecast for the metro area and surrounding locations, including the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Dunn, Goodhue, Hennepin, McLeod, Ramsey, Scott, St. Croix, Washington and Wright. 

The same goes for south-central Minnesota, including the counties of Brown, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Faribault, Freeborn, Nicollet, Sibley, Steele, Rice, Watonwan and Waseca. 

Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the NAM model. It shows a burst of freezing rain (pink) and rain (green) pushing into southern Minnesota, with heavy snow (blue) to the west and north. By Monday, the precipitation could change back to snow in the Twin Cities and areas that will receive mostly rain over the weekend, according to the weather service. 

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