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Several inches of snow predicted on Tuesday as winter storm heads to MN

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It's been a dry winter so far, with snow levels across Minnesota more then a foot below the average, but parts of the state could be set for a big dusting this Tuesday as a storm closes in.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that a storm system developing over Colorado is making its way towards the Midwest and should hit Minnesota on Monday night and into Tuesday.

The service says "several inches accumulation appears likely at this time," provided the storm develops as is expected.

Things could get difficult for drivers, as the storm will bring with it "strong northwest winds" that will cause drifting snow on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

According to Weather Underground, Rochester and the surrounding area is set to get between 3 to 5 inches of snow, though some reports have suggested this could be much higher.

WCCO has suggested that snowfall in the southeast of the state could be anywhere between 6 and 12 inches.

The Twin Cities metro area will also be affected, with between 1 to 3 inches predicted.

As for this weekend, Accuweather notes that the cold the Twin Cities has been experiencing this past week will continue for now, but will gradually moderate towards the end of Sunday.

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