A look at how much snow we'll get, and when it'll fall

Far southern Minnesota could get nearly a foot.
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It looks like the evening commute in the Twin Cities won't be so bad after all.

Snow was expected to spread into southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities by Tuesday afternoon, but now the forecast shows it won't hit the metro area until after the commute.

The snow will move into the metro area mainly after 11 p.m., the National Weather Service says, dumping 1-3 inches in the northern metro, while the southern metro could see 2-4 inches, WCCO reports.

That's not the case in the Interstate-90 corridor, though.

The evening commute there is expected to be "severely impacted" as a band of heavy snow dumps up to 11 inches in the area over the next day, the National Weather Service says. Snow will spread into southern Minnesota later Tuesday afternoon, with the heaviest snow falling after 6 p.m., when snowfall rates could be up to 1 inch per hour.

Blowing and drifting snow could also be a problem in far southern Minnesota, making travel hazardous Tuesday night and Wednesday, the weather service says.

Just north of the winter storm warning area (pink on the map above), there's a winter weather advisory in effect Tuesday night into Wednesday. Snowfall amounts there will range from 4-6 inches.

For the latest on the winter storm, click here.

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