Blizzard conditions expected in parts of Minnesota, South Dakota as winter storm moves in

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MINNEAPOLIS — Residents across the Upper Midwest may soon get the snowfall some have been wanting more of this winter.

Winter weather advisories are out for parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin as a March storm approaches.

In Minnesota, the National Weather Service says the storm is expected to move in after midnight Monday and dump several inches of snow until about noon Tuesday.

A band from west-central to northeastern Minnesota could see the heaviest amounts, 4-6 inches. Blizzard conditions are expected Tuesday in south-central and west-central Minnesota as well as across south-central to northeastern South Dakota.

Meteorologist Jim Taggart with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, said snowfall this season has been about half of normal in much of Minnesota.

"If somebody likes winter weather and they want to go out, they'll be happy," Taggart said of the expected snow.


MESSY MIX IN MILWAUKEE

Commuters in Milwaukee can expect a messy ride to work or school Tuesday morning. Snow is expected to hit around 5 a.m., said meteorologist Brian Hahn with the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin.

People in the Milwaukee area can expect a mixed bag of precipitation Tuesday, ranging from morning snow to sleet possibly mixed with freezing rain later in the day to light rain in the afternoon, Hahn said.

Southern and eastern Wisconsin have been dry this winter. Although snowfall from December through February was below to slightly below average, the National Weather Service says the liquid equivalent of melted snow was "way below average," with the snow that fell mainly dry, light and fluffy.


SNOWY NORTHERN ARIZONA

Out West, a winter storm brought snow and rain Monday to Arizona, forcing schools and government offices in the northern part of the state and the Grand Canyon's visitor centers to close.

Another 4 to 10 inches of snow were forecast for areas above 6,000 feet in elevation around Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim before the winter storm moves out Tuesday. Travel on major interstates was slow.


BOSTON NEARS RECORDS

It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record — for now.

Sunday's snowfall brought the city's total to 103.9 inches. It needs 3.7 inches more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.

Two small snowfalls, Tuesday night and Wednesday into Thursday, could do it, said Frank Nocera, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts, office.

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