Grab your shovels, parts of Minnesota could see a foot of snow

A blizzard warning is in effect.

Northwestern Minnesota could see a foot of snow Monday night.

Two rounds of wintry weather are headed for the area, bringing the potential for a blizzard on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.

The Weather Service is predicting at least 7-9 inches for northwestern Minnesota, but says it's more likely the area will get a foot or more between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Then the strong winds come Tuesday, which could create dangerous driving conditions for the Red River Valley. There's a blizzard warning in effect for Tuesday afternoon in the area. (See map below.)

Winds are expected to be 40 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph possible, the warning says.

Less snow further south

The rest of the state won't be seeing nearly as much snow, with forecast maps showing the Twin Cities could see less than an inch, while the Brainerd Lakes area and Duluth could see a bit more, the National Weather Service tweeted.

But it'll be getting cold. The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says after Monday night, forecast models show the probability of temperatures getting warmer than 32 degrees in the Twin Cities through Dec. 20 is no higher than 20 percent. So bundle up.

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