Up to 11 inches of snow expected in parts of Minnesota today

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According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the northern, central, and western regions of Minnesota today.

The warning will be in effect from 6 PM this evening until 6 PM on Monday. The affected areas include Northern Cook and Lake, Morrison, Todd, Mille Lacs, Southern Cook and Southern Lake Counties, and the cities of Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Isabella, Brainerd, Princeton, and Grand Marais.

"Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 11 inches possible. Localized amounts up to 14 inches possible in the higher terrain areas of the North Shore. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph," the NWS said in a statement.

"Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute," the statement went on to say.

The NWS says that the heaviest amount of snow is expected to be in central Minnesota with about 5-7 inches and the heaviest snow rates will be this evening.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of southern Minnesota, including the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, Redwood Falls, Fairmont, and Blue Earth. The NWS says the advisory is in effect from 3 PM today until 6 AM on Monday.

"Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph," the NWS said in another statement.

The NWS says that roads are expected to be slippery and blowing snow could reduce visibility. The NWS advises that caution be taken while driving.

For more information, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/dlh/

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