Winter storm watch includes Twin Cities for 6+ inches of snow Monday night through Tuesday

6+ inches of snow is expected in the watch area.
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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm watch for parts of east-central and southeast Minnesota for Monday night through Tuesday, as a low-pressure system ejects out of Colorado into the region and delivers significant snowfall. 

"A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of south central and east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin for late Monday through Tuesday. The Watch is in effect for locations generally east and south of a Rush City to Twin Cities to Fairmont line, where snowfall accumulations in excess of 6 inches appear possible. A period of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will also be possible on Monday as the precipitation is beginning. Blowing snow and attendant visibility reductions will also be possible on Tuesday as northwest winds increase."

Per usual, the Twin Cities is right along the edge of what could be the heaviest snow, but the NWS expects southeast Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin and northeast Iowa to take the brunt of the snowstorm's strength. 

That means the Twins Cities could wind up with 4 inches or 8 inches. It's a giant educated guessing game at this point, and hopefully the NWS will have more clarity on snowfall amounts in the coming hours before snow starts falling Monday evening/night. 

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Here's the simulated future radar from 7 p.m. Monday through all day Tuesday.

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Check back for more specific snowfall totals either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. 

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