The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the southern half of Minnesota, in effect from Tuesday morning through Thursday morning.

The Winter Storm Watch for heavy snow includes Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Rice, Scott, Steele and Waseca Counties in southern Minnesota, as well as the entire Twin Cities metro area.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says that there will be two main waves of this storm system. The first is expected Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, when we should will see totals of 4 to 8 inches of snow. There will be a lull before the snow picks up again Wednesday evening where an additional 8 or more inches of snow could fall.

Total snow accumulations of greater than 12 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph and lead to areas of blowing snow, blizzard conditions possible.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, and could result in
hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches causing power outages

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