By late Saturday evening some locations in southeast Minnesota could be enjoying such a lovely snowfall.
As I commented on Morning Edition, you really don’t rush a good snowstorm. On Saturday afternoon we should be seeing snow falling at a moderate rate from Mankato through the southern extent of the Metro and on into west central Wisconsin.
Moisture was beginning to concentrate to our southwest as depicted in this water vapor satellite image from mid afternoon. Tonight will remain quiet, but the main event kicks in during the late morning hours on Saturday.
The blue coloring indicates colder cloud tops.
Winter Weather Watches/Advisories and warnings extend from southwest to northeast, from New Mexico to Wisconsin.
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Snow could accumulate four or more inches Saturday afternoon from near Fairmont through Waseca, and Rochester to Red Wing and into western Wisconsin. For the Twin Cities metro, snow will be heaviest toward Lakeville, where three inches look to be a good bet for now.
By nature the heaviest snow falls roughly 150 miles north of the track of the center of lowest pressure. This is not a particularly strong surface system,thus the winds are expected to be tolerable.
Follow the details of this enfolding weather story here at mpr.org with the support of the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen.