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Winter Storm Warning Continues through Tuesday

Dec 27, 2015 07:49PM ● By Wendy Erlien

(Provided by National Weather Service Twin Cities)

Updated 7 a.m. Dec. 29

Snowfall totals Monday evening and overnight varied throughout the Twin Cities area. The Maple Grove area has approximate 1.5 inches so far, according to a 5 a.m. Tweet from Fox9 Meteorologist Keith Marler who indicated we could see another two to three inches by noon Tuesday.

The Winter Storm Warning issued Monday continues through 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities which indicated snow was expected to continue and "diminishing this afternoon" with the heaviest snowfall between 6 a.m. and noon. 

"Look for significant reductions in visibility at times," according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities.

Updated 5:50 p.m. Dec. 28

The timing of the Winter Storm Warning has changed, but it appears snow is still on the way - between three to nine inches. 

The warning, updated Monday afternoon by the National Weather Service Twin Cities, stated the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29. Snow is anticipated to "develop between 5-8 p.m....and become heavy at times through midnight. A second round will redevelop during the overnight hours into Tuesday afternoon."  The heaviest rate are anticipated to happen between 6 p.m Dec. 28 to midnight Tuesday with "winds gusting as high as 30 MPH will cause patchy blowing drifting snow."

"Plan on difficult driving conditions," the National Weather Service Twin Cities stated. 

On the city of Maple Grove Facebook page, the city reminded travelers of parking restrictions. "Keep in mind that parking on streets is prohibited after a 2-inch or more snowfall and may not resume until the street has been plowed curb to curb. And, whether there is snow or not, parking is not permitted from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on City streets on any day of the year," the city shared.

 Updated 7 a.m. Dec. 28

Nearly 12 hours after a Winter Storm Watch was issued for the Twin Cities area, the National Weather Service Twin Cities changed course and declared a Winter Storm Warning as well as a Hazardous Weather Outlook, starting Monday afternoon. The warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Dec. 28 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29. 

The NWS is forecasting "two rounds of snow" with the system, the first starting around 3 p.m. Monday and ending around midnight. The second round start late Monday night and continue into the day Tuesday. Six to nine inches of snow are forecast-with the heaviest between 6 p.m. Monday evening through midnight Tuesday. 

The National Weather Service advises to plan on difficult driving conditions and including a flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of emergency. 

Dec. 27, 2015 After an unseasonably warm December, Mother Nature is leaving 2015 with snow and colder weather for the Maple Grove area.

Residents throughout the city woke up to snow-covered ground on Saturday, Dec. 26 – and a second round of the white stuff could be on its way for the afternoon commute Monday, Dec. 28.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities issued a Winter Storm Watch starting 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28 through noon, Tuesday, Dec. 29 which includes the Maple Grove area.

“Heavy snow is expected for Central and Southern Minnesota and West Central Wisconsin Monday afternoon into Tuesday,” according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities, which issues the Winter Storm Watch Sunday afternoon. 

Between five to nine inches of snow is forecast for communities in the Winter Storm Watch area, with the heaviest snowfall expected Monday evening with temperatures in the low 20s. 

“There remains some uncertainly on the exact track of the system…and further adjustments to the forecast will likely occur,” according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities.

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