Snow? Sleet? Slop? Maybe all of the above

The brunt of our Tuesday-Wednesday storm is pointed at north central Minnesota, which means the Brainerd Lakes area could be looking at 15 inches of snow. As for the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, the storm may be more of a washout -- as in rainwater washing away much of whatever snow falls. Click on the headline for a look at who's predicting what for the metro area.

The Twin Cities could see a grab-bag of precipitation that might include snow, rain, sleet, and freezing rain. The rain (and its variants) may keep snowfall in the Twin Cities down to just a few inches.

Here's a look at who's predicting what for the metro area (these are totals by Wednesday, and rain could wash away some of the accumulation):
The Star Tribune: 3-6"
The Pioneer Press: Up to 3" in south metro, up to 7" in north metro
MPR: 1-2"
Kare 11: 2-5"
WCCO: 1-3" in central metro area, up to 6" in northern metro
KSTP: A few inches
The National Weather Service: 3-6"

It's a different story in the Northland. Fresh on the heels of a snowfall that reached ten inches in parts of northern Minnesota, the follow-up storm has some forecasters breaking out a term we haven't heard here in ages: blizzard. 15 inches are possible by Wednesday morning in north central counties, including the Brainerd Lakes area.

Here's what the Weather Service office in Duluth is saying:

"A major winter storm will affect most of the region Tuesday and Wednesday. Heavy snow will spread rapidly northeastward from the eastern Dakotas across central and northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon and evening. Rain or sleet may mix with the snow from near Hinckley to Phillips tonight and Wednesday. Heavy snow will persist Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with hourly snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour. Strong north to northeast winds will affect areas around Lake Superior creating blowing snow and low visibilities. Hazardous travel conditions and major delays can be expected region-wide."

Check out up-to-date snowfall totals up north.

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