The Twin Cities can expect up to 10 inches of snow to accumulate over the next few days as a winter storm warning goes into effect Sunday night for parts of central and southern Minnesota.
National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn DeVinny in Chanhassen, Minn., said clouds will gather Sunday evening as a low-pressure storm system moves from the central Dakotas into Minnesota.
The storm system will bring snow as it moves east, arriving in the metro area at about midnight.
DeVinny said it will snow through Monday morning, then taper off in early afternoon. But he said the snow will start again Monday night and last through Tuesday morning.
"We are highly confident this time," DeVinny said.
A couple of days ago, he said, "there was a lot of disagreement in the various weather models. Well, they've come together, and pretty much all of them point to a situation where 6 to 10 inches is a good bet for the area we've outlined in our warning right now."
The snow is likely to fall at moderate rate, DeVinny said, adding that temperatures will reach 30 degrees in the next few days and hover in the 20s overnight.
"There will be very short periods of heavy snow, but generally light to moderate snow for most of the event," DeVinny said. "Just the duration is the reason it's going to pile up 6 to 10 inches because it's not going to be these 1-2 inches per hour type of rates ... [it will not be] super heavy snow, but just long enough to pile it up."
The winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.