Winter storm watch issued for Twin Cities, central Minnesota ahead of snowfall

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A winter storm watch has been issued for a swath of central Minnesota that includes most of the Twin Cities metro ahead of heavy snowfall expected to arrive Sunday evening.

Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Washington counties are included in the warning, as are Stearns County (St. Cloud) in central Minnesota and Stevens County (Morris) in west-central Minnesota.

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The watch will be in effect from Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon, with the NWS warning that accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are possible on the watch area, but “locally higher amounts are possible.”

While there remains uncertainty as to how much snow will fall, there have been signs that suggest more than a foot could fall in some localized areas.

The latest US model has seen the Twin Cities receive between 5 and 7 inches of snowfall, while the Canadian model predicts a rise of 9 to 11 inches in the subway, while the European model has revised its subway forecast slightly to the drops to 4 to 5 inches. , and suggests the heaviest snow trail is now moving north toward Brainerd and Duluth.

In addition to the snow, gusty winds are expected in Minnesota on Monday, potentially bringing blizzard conditions, especially to western Minnesota.

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