A large portion of southern Minnesota could be buried in 12+ inches of fresh, wet snow that’s on a track to blast the region on Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for much of south central Minnesota, from near Marshall though Mankato and northeast to the southern edge of the Twin Cities.
Those areas could be slammed with more than a foot of snow, the service says.
As of this writing, most of the Twin Cities is in a Winter Storm Watch, but still in line for 6+ inches of snow.
The key to who gets the most snow will be exactly where a tight gradient of the heaviest snowfall sets up.
The service says the northwest side of any particular county on the edge of the heaviest bands could get an inch or two whereas the southeastern edge of the same county could be buried in more than a foot.
According to the NWS forecast discussion, "snowfall totals of 8 to 15 inches are likely by Monday evening" in the hardest-hit areas.
The strong storm system is scheduled to rush into southwestern Minnesota around 12 a.m. Monday before spreading rapidly to the north and east in time to wreak havoc during the morning commute in the Twin Cities.
The weather service will likely have more specific snowfall projections as the storm gets closer, so check back for updates.