Metro thunder-slop storm, snow rages west and north

It actually snowed in the Twin Cities in the wee hours this morning.

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As if to buttress the non winter of 2015-16 so far, stealthy metro snow burst came in the middle of the night when few were awake to see it. Big goose down snowflakes piled up to 1 inch here at the Weather lab in Victoria and at the nearby Chanhassen National Weather Service office.

Like a weather geek kid on Christmas morning, I grab my camera and race to document the proof that December still exists on the snow covered landscape.

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And just to remind us that it is still winter and we live in Minnesota, how about a nice little shot of thunder snow-sleet-rain this morning?

And of course this is Minnesota. Don't like the weather? Just wait 15 minutes.

Take heart winter weather fans, winter is making a real effort across Minnesota today.

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Wound up low

Here's our weather culprit today. A wound up low pressure system tracks northeast as cold air funnels in behind.

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Here's the latest from the Red River Valley National Weather Service, where snow continues to fall in western Minnesota.

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Snow is also heavy in northeast Minnesota. Here's the view from Duluth.

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Winter weather continues today across Minnesota. The season's coldest air arrives starting tomorrow.

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