Winter storm watch issued for south-central, southeast Minnesota

The Twin Cities is on the edge of the watch box.
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of south-central and southeast Minnesota for late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. 

Locations within the watch are forecast to receive 5-7 inches of snow, with most of the snow falling during the day Wednesday. 

Areas shaded in blue are in a winter storm watch for Tuesday night through Wednesday. 

Areas shaded in blue are in a winter storm watch for Tuesday night through Wednesday. 

"While confidence is still somewhat low in where the heaviest snow will fall and in what amounts, the highest confidence for accumulations of 5-7 inches looks to be from south-central Minnesota through west-central Wisconsin. 

Included in the watch are the cities of Stillwater, Hastings, Red Wing, Le Sueur, Faribault, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea. 

Minneapolis and St. Paul are just to the west of the watch, which includes Washington and Dakota counties. Even though the most of the metro area isn't included in the watch, snow totals of 4+ inches are possible. 


Model trends are hinting at the heaviest axis of snow shifting northwest, which could put the metro in line for winter storm watch-caliber totals in due time, according to the La Crosse office of the NWS. We'll just have to wait and see. 

Here's a look at a simulated future radar for overnight Tuesday through the day Wednesday. 


Another high-impact storm with potentially significant snowfall will move through the region Friday-Sunday, but pinpointing where the snow falls is impossible to nail down this far out. 

Stay tuned. 

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