The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of southern Minnesota, as well as a Blizzard Warning for south-central Minnesota.
One additional ingredient is anticipated to make conditions even more challenging for metro inhabitants.
'Travel will be hard, if not impossible, in these areas due to heavy snow combined with these strong winds'.
As for the Twin Cities, snow totals are more hard to forecast.
A blizzard warning has been posted for much of southern Minnesota, with 8 to 14 inches the anticipated range of depth for areas in and around Mankato, Fairmont, St. James. Winds will be on the order of 20 to 30 miles per hour which will also cause some blowing and drifting.
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Conditions will then rapidly deteriorate on Monday.
The storm will be winding down Monday night, but travel impacts will likely continue to be felt right into early Tuesday morning.
The amount of snowfall will gradually decrease to the north and west, with just an inch or so in St. Cloud, Hinckley and Duluth.
A storm system moving through the Pacific will bring heavy rain and snow back to Northern California for our Sunday forecast.
Meteorologists fine-tuning their forecasts on Sunday afternoon added Lincoln and the Interstate 80 corridor in eastern Nebraska to the swatch of weather advisories associated with an approaching winter storm. After highs on in the 30's on Sunday, we'll be in the upper 30's and 40's for the first part of the week with dry skies.