Snow at the Huttner Weather Lab in the west metro as of 1:30pm near 2″
The first wave of snow with this system has produced fairly intense snowfall rates as it moves through the metro.
Chanhassen has picked up a quick 3″. Deephaven reports 2″ in about 2.5 hours.
Thundersnow has been reported at Lakeville, Waseca, Owatonna, Faribault, Austin and Rochester. These convective snow bands are producing snowfall rates of 1″ to 2″ per hour from the southeast metro southward to the Iowa border.
With 3″ already down at Chanhassen in the southwest metro, the going forecast of a range of 3″ to 7″ inches for the metro still looks fairly good. The best chance of 7″ appears to be in the southeast metro in Dakota County.
Latest radar trends indicate snow intensities may diminish a bit by PM rush. Hopefully plows will be able to keep up in most metro locations.