A change in the storm system hitting Minnesota on Sunday will bring larger amounts to an area just west and north of the Twin Cities metro.
The National Weather Service has issued a series of winter storm warnings for counties like Stearns, Sherburne, Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Meeker, where total snowfall on Sunday could exceed 6 inches.
In fact, some parts of the state have already seen a large landfill in a short period of time.
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It marks a significant change from forecasts on Saturday, when parts of rural southwestern Minnesota were expected to see the largest amounts, and places like St. Cloud were only forecast to get as much as 2 inches.
Within the narrow strip of snow, there will be places where the snow will fall at a rate of between 1 and 2 inches per hour, which has the potential to cause visibility problems on the roads.
As for the Twin Cities, the NWS says the system has slowed down, which has delayed the times of the storm, with the heaviest coming later in the morning than expected.
Discussion of the NWS forecast suggests that a strengthening of the jet streak could lead to heavier snow in the metropolitan area, but the overall forecast remains 2-4 inches for now.
The NWS notes that the system “continues to baffle and frustrate” forecasters, and BMTN’s own Sven Sundgaard noted Friday that the weekend system was difficult to predict.
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