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Winter weather advisory for southern Minnesota as accumulating snow approaches

Snow will work its way west to east across southern Minnesota this afternoon and evening.

It's going to be a snowy Friday night across southern Minnesota as a storm system rolls through and dumps 3-5 inches of snow. 

A winter weather advisory has been issued for west-central, south-central and southeast parts of Minnesota, including the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area.

Locations in the advisory can expect 2-4 inches of snow with isolated totals up to 5 inches. 

These totals are higher than the 1-3 inches forecasters were predicting most of the week. 

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Even though the bulk of the metro area is not included in the advisory, a good 2-3 inches of snow is expected with the exception of the extreme northern metro, where 1-2 inches of snow is possible. 

A brisk northerly wind will cause blowing snow that will likely impact visibility on the roads Friday night through Saturday morning. 

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The good news is that the storm system has slowed down slightly and the snow might hold off in the metro area until after 6 p.m., meaning commuters might catch a break for their rush hour ride home. 

Here's a look at the high resolution model through midnight. 

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