As of this morning, as we know things can change with the weather, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has declared a Winter Storm Watch for portions of Southeastern Minnesota, with the watch just missing Rice and Waseca Counties.

The watch comes with a post to social media which includes models of how much 'potential' snowfall may occur.

Confidence has increased in a winter storm impacting the region on Friday. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for far southeastern MN and western WI where the highest potential for 6 or more inches of snow exists. Continue to monitor the forecast for updates!

Image Credit: National Weather Service Twin Cities
Image Credit: National Weather Service Twin Cities

As of this morning, the National Weather Service is estimating the Faribault area to receive between 4-6 inches of new snow Friday night into Saturday, Albert Lea and Rochester are estimated to see 6-8 inches of new snow, and Mankato is being estimated to get another 4 inches of new snowfall. The heaviest band is being put along a line that runs just to the North of Albert Lea Northeast through Rochester and extends to the south of Eau Claire Wisconsin.

The Winter Storm Watch, which will kick in Friday night and go through Saturday morning, comes just days after the weather service posted to social media asking for patience with the snow modeling after several other weather services were predicting 4-8 inches of snow, compared to what the National Weather Service's forecast.

Last night the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities released an updated model to show the difference in what roughly a day made in the modeling data.

The definition of a Winter Storm Watch  "indicates the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased (at least a 50% chance of it occurring), but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so you can make plans to stay safe."

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