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Forecast says 8-12 inches of snow on Twin Cities' doorstep starting Friday

Minneapolis Star Tribune logo Minneapolis Star Tribune 6 days ago By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune
a car covered in snow: A snowstorm made for a difficult morning commute in St. Paul in December. © Star Tribune/Star Tribune/Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune/TNS A snowstorm made for a difficult morning commute in St. Paul in December.

Up to a foot of snow is being forecast for the Twin Cities starting Friday and continuing into Saturday.

There is “the potential for seeing heavier snowfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches, as well as gusty winds leading to blowing/drifting snow,” according to a statement Wednesday from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The snowfall is anticipated to arrive by Friday morning in the eastern half of Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, and last until Saturday afternoon, the NWS statement added. Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour are expected for much of Saturday, the weather service added.

Sure to feel the effects of the heavy snowfall Saturday are three outdoor hockey games as part of a daylong ode to the sport. Hockey Day Minnesota is staging multiple matches at Parade Stadium just outside downtown Minneapolis. Events will kick off iwth two boys high school battles: Warroad vs. Minneapolis, followed by Blaine vs. Blake. Then the women take over late in the afternoon, when the Minnesota Gophers host the Ohio State Badgers.

Once the snow stops falling, then forecasters are calling for temperatures to fall and stay unseasonably cold for a few days.

Readings should start to head down during the day Saturday and hit a low of 4-below zero Saturday night, according to the NWS.

Sunday’s high might touch 5 above, then it’s back below zero Sunday night to about minus-7, the weather service is forecasting. Monday should be much the same before Tuesday and a high projected at about 12 above.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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