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The Spring of Our Discontent: 1 foot of snow possible in parts of Minn.

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A large slow-moving storm system socking much of the central U.S. is expected to bring significant precipitation to much of Minnesota through Thursday, forecasters say.

A "cornucopia of moisture" is bearing down on the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune says, and MPR's weather blog gloomily notes, "All indications still point to a blockbuster, possibly an historic "Top 10" April snowfall event this week."

A pocket of the central part of the state, north and west of the Twin Cities, could get up to 12 inches of snow Wednesday night through Thursday, and the metro could get 8 inches, WCCO reports. FOX 9 says it'll be about 6 inches of snow in the Twin Cities. And the National Weather Service says it'll be more like 2 to 4 inches Wednesday night and another 1 to 3 inches Thursday morning for the metro.

More immediately, there's a winter storm warning in effect in much of southwestern Minnesota, where ice and snow are expected Tuesday, WCCO reports. There's a winter storm watch for much of central and eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.

Sleet and wet snow will mix overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in the metro, WCCO says. The metro likely will get slushy snow on Wednesday during the day, KARE 11 says.

A WCCO weather blog notes that the Twin Cities averages 2.4 inches of snow in April, much of which does not accumulate.

Any snow left on the ground after this storm likely won't be around long. It'll likely hit the low 50s by Sunday, forecasters say.

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