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'Major' winter storm looms, Monday night through Tuesday

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The official start of spring is Thursday, but winter isn't going quietly.

A wintry mix hit the Twin Cities Monday morning, and more snow is on the way Monday night through Tuesday night, with as much as 6-12 inches of accumulation in some areas of Minnesota.

In a new winter storm watch, the National Weather Service says that for an area that includes the Twin Cities, "Confidence is quickly increasing for a major winter storm impacting the region late tonight through Tuesday night."

The weather service paints a colorful picture that most Minnesotans are not going to like for Monday night through Tuesday night:

The metro could get 1 to 3 inches of accumulating snow Tuesday, and then up to 2 to 4 inches overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, the weather service says.

Six to 12 inches of snow accumulation is expected across central and western Minnesota, and 4 to 8 inches is possible from south-central and east-central Minnesota to northwest Wisconsin, with the axis of heaviest snow falling on a line from Redwood Falls to St. Cloud, the weather service says.

The service says snow will develop over central Minnesota Monday night and spread southwest across western Minnesota overnight, and snow could be heavy at times Tuesday morning, reaching southern and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin by early to mid-afternoon.

Monday forecast

As for Monday, morning commuters around the state encountered a wintry mix including freezing rain that made roads slick.

Temperatures Monday will vary across the state, with highs in the 30s across the east to highs in the 50s in the southwest, and 40 in the Twin Cities, WCCO reports.

The temperature for the noon St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul will be about 33 degrees, WCCO reports.

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