MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The worst of the massive snowstorm threatening the Midwest this weekend looks to clip southwestern Minnesota, and accumulating snow is expected to reach as far north as the Twin Cities metro.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for several southwestern Minnesota counties.

Meanwhile, much of southern Minnesota is under a winter storm watch, with the system crossing into the state just before lunchtime Saturday.

Wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour are possible, and could create treacherous driving conditions Saturday, especially on Interstate 90 and Interstate 35 near the Iowa-Minnesota border. Parts of southern Minnesota could see snow totals of up to 7 inches to a foot.

The storm is expected to reach the Twin Cities by mid-afternoon, with totals expected between 3 and 4 inches — though one model shows accumulation could be around 6 inches.

It will be a wet, heavy snow, with temperatures Saturday and Sunday at or above freezing. The storm is expected to push out of Minnesota on Sunday morning.

Following the weekend storm, the sun looks to come out Monday, when temperatures will be slightly below average, in the mid-20s.

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