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Snow, rain, freezing rain in Minnesota weather forecast this week


A pair of winter storms moving through Minnesota this week will bring precipitation, but what and how much you get will depend on where you are.

“You know the expression ‘everything but the kitchen sink?’ Well, this week’s weather is everything including the kitchen sink,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

The metropolitan area will be spared the worst when the first system passes, but will experience periods of rain and snow from Monday night through Wednesday, the weather service said.

All bets are open Thursday and Friday, when a second system is expected to arrive. Snow accumulation is possible “across the region” on those days, the weather service said.

The forecast is much more chaotic north and west of the Twin Cities, where a winter storm watch is in effect Monday night through Tuesday night. The monitoring area includes Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Worthington and Marshall.

“A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant accumulations of snow, sleet or ice that can impact travel,” the weather service said. “Keep up to date with the weather this week if you plan to leave your house. Expected temperatures near and above freezing create a messy forecast.”

Cities in the watch zone are in line for 2 to 6 inches of snow, accompanied by winds of 20 to 45 mph, the weather service said.

Temperatures across the state will remain in the 30s Monday through Thursday, but will drop significantly to highs of 15 degrees by Sunday. The first sub-zero dips in the subway are expected to arrive next Monday, according to the Weather Channel.

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