* Winter Storm Warning for the metro - Blizzard Warnings posted just south/west of MSP for white-out conditions later today.
* Snow gets heavier/steadier as the day goes on - sustained winds of 20-35 mph create white-out conditions, especially outside the metro.
* Snow accumulates at the rate of 1-2"/hour at times during the morning and midday hours, gradually tapering to flurries tonight..
* How much? A foot at the low end, closer to 2 feet at the upper end. It will be nearly impossible to measure, with winds gusting over 30 mph. My semi-educated hunch: 15-20" for much of the metro by the time snow tapers late tonight.
* Consider waiting until tomorrow afternoon to hit the roads - MnDOT should have most of the major roads dug out by afternoon, but I'm expecting some 2-5 foot drifts; it's going to take awhile for the secondary roads and side streets to get cleared.
* Wind Chill Alert: north/northwest winds of 20-40 mph will make it FEEL like -20 to -35 tonight - -significant risk of frostbite and hypothermia through Monday morning. Consider checking in on older friends, neighbors and family to make sure their homes/apartments are staying warm enough.
Top Snowstorms In The Twin Cities. Will we see at least 16.7" today? It may be close, but I have a (strong) hunch we're going to be in the top 5 snowfalls before the day is through. My hope is that we will not exceed the Halloween Superstorm tally of 28.4". No - I don't think it's going to be quite that much. But 20"? I wouldn't rule it out. More data on snowfall extremes here.
Top 10 December Snowfalls. There's a (good) chance we'll make this list before the month is through. Click here to see more information from the MN State Climate Office.