A storm expected to arrive Wednesday morning could dump 6 to 10 inches of snow on the Twin Cities, according to the National Weather Service, just in time for a white Christmas.
Strong winds, blowing snow and falling temperatures could make travel difficult heading into Wednesday evening, and blizzard warnings were posted for much of the state west of Hennepin County.
"We're pretty much expecting to see snow throughout most of Minnesota," said NWS meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein.
The storm should hit western Minnesota around 4 a.m., and roll into the Twin Cities by midmorning. While snow totals could hit 6 to 8 inches in the Twin Cities, the projections were slowly rising for the past 36 hours, Hasenstein said.
Up to 4 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Arrowhead region.
Fans of winter will no doubt be happy to see the snow: The NWS has recorded a mere 0.6 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport so far this month, far below the December average of 11.5 inches.
Hasenstein said the snow should stick around long enough for a white Christmas, which happens 71% of the time.
"Even if we were to warm up a bit, I don't think we would be getting rid of it any time soon," he said.