8-12" Expected Across Much of Metro by 7 am Friday
February 20, 2014 — 4:04pm
Latest WRF Projections. The HopWRF model (3 km resolution - as good as it gets) shows a band of 9-10" across much of the immediate Twin Cities metro, with 8-10" for St. Cloud and Brainerd. The storm appears to be hooking farther west, so the shield of heaviest snow is also pushing farther west as well, with 6-8"+ snows now expected over roughly the eastern half of Minnesota.
* Winds gust to 30-35 mph later tonight, and I could see blizzard or near-blizzard conditions for portions of the Twin Cities metro after 8 PM or so. Expect a night of treacherous travel conditions, getting worse the farther away from the metro you drive. I expect numerous cancellations and delays Friday morning.
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