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They say snow is coming. Here's the scoop.


A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for much of the southern half of Minnesota in anticipation of snow Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency says the first chance of accumulating snow comes Tuesday afternoon in the affected areas (see map below), including the metro.

NWS meteorologists say it's too early to predict how much snow we're talking about due to multiple factors, but gives the Twin Cities only a 25 percent chance of seeing more than 6 inches by Wednesday morning.

Here's what other local forecasters are saying:

The Updraft, Minnesota Public Radio's weather blog, says afternoon rain will change to sleet and snow by Tuesday night. MPR blogger Paul Huttner says snow won't really start to stick until after dark.

As for how much?

"I’m not ready to sign off yet on which parts of the metro will see (potentially heavy) snow or a light coating of slush and flurries," Huttner said.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas for the Star Tribune says a few inches could pile up on metro lawns and roads may become slick after 7 p.m. He says the bigger snowfall totals -- 6 or more inches -- could occur in the southwest metro.

An early prediction by KSTP estimates light snow in the north metro, about 1 inch, and up to 5 inches in the south metro.

WCCO says the Twin Cities lies in a "sweet spot" for accumulation and predicts 2-4 inches of heavy wet snow, all of which should be melted by the end of the week.

The snow showers should wrap up before sunrise Wednesday, KARE 11 said.

To keep an eye on the storm in real time, see BringMeTheNews' live weather radar.

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