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Snow on the way

A huge snowstorm is expected to hit Minnesota this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for numerous parts of Minnesota (including the Twin Cities) which will last from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

The storm is expected to come into two waves. The first wave is supposed to hit Minnesota tonight and continue through early Saturday morning, dropping a potential four to eight inches of snow overnight.

The second wave is expected to start Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday afternoon, with a potential of another six to eight inches of snow.

The storm will also bring conditions of ice, blowing and drifting snow to Minnesota. Total accumulation of snow could range from eight to eighteen inches in the Metro area.

According to Rich Naistat, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Chanhassen office, the weekend storm is the biggest of the winter and could double the season’s snowfall in one weekend. So far this year, the Twin Cities have seen just 12.2 inches of snow, much less than the average. Weather officials have even called it a “drought? because of the constant lack of precipitation across Minnesota.

The city of St. Paul alone has more than 1,500 tons of road salt stored in four locations and 85 plows and 11 sanding trucks are prepared to start clearing the major routes as soon as more than two inches of snow falls, St. Paul Director of Public Works Bruce Beese said.