The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the southern third of the state as snow starts falling across Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening.
The NWS states the snowfall could exceed 3 inches in some areas, which would, after a record November, be the largest single snowfall of the month in some areas.
There’s a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Wright County area, but the system should clip STMA sometime tonight, with areas to the east and south getting heavier amounts of snow. To the west, areas like Mankato and Wilmar also look to be within the storm’s track.
Here’s more info:
A BAND OF 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW...WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS NEAR 6 INCHES POSSIBLE...WILL FALL TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING MAINLY SOUTHEAST OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS TO MAPLE GROVE MINNESOTA...TO LUCK WISCONSIN. SNOW WILL RAPIDLY EXPAND ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BETWEEN 6 PM AND 9 PM AND WESTERN WISCONSIN BETWEEN 9 PM AND MIDNIGHT THIS EVENING. THIS SNOW WILL TAPER OFF ACROSS MINNESOTA EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND ACROSS WESTERN WISCONSIN LATE SATURDAY MORNING. MNZ053-060>063-065>070-073>078-082>085-091>093-270600- /O.CON.KMPX.WW.Y.0034.141227T0000Z-141227T1500Z/ CHISAGO-HENNEPIN-ANOKA-RAMSEY-WASHINGTON-RENVILLE-MCLEOD-SIBLEY- CARVER-SCOTT-DAKOTA-REDWOOD-BROWN-NICOLLET-LE SUEUR-RICE-GOODHUE- WATONWAN-BLUE EARTH-WASECA-STEELE-MARTIN-FARIBAULT-FREEBORN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CENTER CITY...MINNEAPOLIS...BLAINE... ST. PAUL...STILLWATER...OLIVIA...HUTCHINSON...GAYLORD...CHASKA... SHAKOPEE...BURNSVILLE...REDWOOD FALLS...NEW ULM...ST. PETER... LE SUEUR...FARIBAULT...RED WING...ST. JAMES...MANKATO...WASECA... OWATONNA...FAIRMONT...BLUE EARTH...ALBERT LEA 341 PM CST FRI DEC 26 2014 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST SATURDAY... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST SATURDAY. * TIMING...SNOW WILL RAPIDLY SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA BETWEEN 6 PM AND 9 PM TONIGHT AND TAPER OFF EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. * MAIN IMPACT...3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS NEAR 6 INCHES POSSIBLE. * OTHER IMPACTS...DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL BECOME DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME SNOW COVERED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.