From zero to one foot: How Friday’s snowfall gradient will affect MN (and your commute) – WCCO

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WHAT WE KNOW

– The greatest impact will be in southwestern Minnesota
– Very little snow is expected in western Wisconsin
– Timing: Starts Friday morning and ends Friday night

WHAT WE TRACK

– Exactly the highway
– How much snow will fall in the twin cities
– The snow is falling all over southwestern Minnesota

UPDATE (Friday 05.00): The snow will move in and hang for your AM and PM commute.

While 2 to 4 inches of snow most likely looks like the twin towns, this can fluctuate somewhat depending on whether the storm is tracking a bit east or west. The WCCO Weather Team is still working on the 6 to 10 inch accumulation expected just south and west of the Twin Cities subway, and perhaps even including the subway far south and west.

The snow decreases on Friday, giving a cold night with minus degrees. Cold sunshine returns Saturday with heights remaining in their teens.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A storm system swirling across Canada is about to hit Minnesota on Friday, leaving southwestern Minnesota with up to a foot of snow, while those east of the twin cities could see no more than a speck of dust.

National Weather Service has dispatched winter storm warnings for counties in southwestern Minnesota, southern Minnesota, and along the border with Dakotas. Winter weather advice has been issued to counties in central Minnesota, about half of the Twin Cities subway and southeastern Minnesota.

Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says that while forecasters are still gathering information about this storm system, a few things are certain. First, the storm appears to hit Minnesota early Friday morning, with snow falling during the day in the southern half of the state. The storm is expected to push into Iowa on Friday night.

(Credit: CBS)

The storm, which will track southeast, is likely to bring some snow to western Wisconsin and communities along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. However, there is still uncertainty about how much snow can fall in the Twin Cities subway.

Computer models currently show the heavy snowfall boundary that cuts through the heart of the twin cities. While Shaffer says communities in the subway could generally see about 2 to 5 inches of snow, there is a chance that a significant portion of the eastern and northern subways could only get track congestion. Then again, if the storm track moves 50 miles or so east, cities like Minneapolis could end up under 6 inches of snow.

Just southwest of the twin towns, snow is expected to total about 6 inches. In southwestern Minnesota, where the storm is expected to hit hardest, it is possible that many communities along Buffalo Ridge may see totals around a foot of snow. Already, a number of schools and districts in central and southwestern Minnesota have canceled Friday classes or are switching to distance learning.

The storm will hit Minnesota in conjunction with a lot of cold air from Canada, anything but making sure that no matter what falls on Friday, snow will not remain a wintery mix. The wind will be light, but widespread snowfall could not be a problem. Still, those with itineraries on Friday would like to drive carefully as the roads can be slippery.

After the snowstorm, Saturday looks set to be sunny and cold, with temperatures only rising in their teens. Several snow showers await on Sunday, although the accumulations will probably be less than an inch.

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