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article imageGusty winds, snowfall in forecast as storm spans U.S. and Canada

By Nate Smith     Nov 10, 2014 in Travel
Minneapolis - Extended swaths of Minnesota, and other portions of the upper United States, are bracing Monday for up to a foot of snow left by a large system that stretches well into Canada.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory as well as a Winter Storm Warning for dozens of Minnesota counties. Residents there are bracing for a storm that meteorologists suggest could drop up to two inches of snow per hour across the heavily-populated Twin City areas of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
There were some concerns for folks' Monday morning commute, as snow was expected as early as Sunday night. However, the brunt of the storm isn't expected until later Monday, perhaps arriving just in time for an afternoon commute that could hamper drivers' efforts to get home.
Over 40 Minnesota counties are under some form of special weather statement from the NWS.
As it crawls north eastward into the Midwest, the system dumped several inches of snow across the Rocky Mountains and northern U.S. plains over the weekend.
Given its current track, the storm is expected to miss Chicago and Detroit, which is surely good news for flight schedules in those major U.S. travel hubs.
Instead, the heaviest parts of the snowstorm are expected to between northern Wisconsin to central Ontario, where forecasters haven't ruled out upwards of 2 feet of snow in spots.
A low pressure system "will bring heavy snow to the Nickel Belt and northern Ontario followed by a period of mixing, ice pellets & freezing rain Tuesday evening for the Greater Sudbury area," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.
Additionally, wind gusts between 15-20 mph are expected to cause blowing and drifting snow, and will leave temperatures and wind chill factors well into the 20s and down into the teens.
Farther south, snowfall totals will be less, but a rain/sleet mix still could do plenty to hamper travel.
Snow or not, a strong polar vortex is forecast to grip much of the Midwest for much of the week, pushing temperatures most places well into the 30s.
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