(FOX 9) - Wintry weather will make its way across Minnesota over the next three days, but forecasted snow totals vary widely across the region. The western and southwestern parts of the state are looking at up to 18 inches of snow possible, with 4-6 or more inches of slushy snow anticipated in the metro.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Wednesday night through Friday for the metro and areas to the south, southeast and east. The advisory area will likely see a mix of snow, rain, sleet and ice over the next few days.
Warmer air aloft will likely save the Twin Cities from the crazy totals western and northern Minnesota will see. The metro will see a rain/snow mix Wednesday, with a couple of inches of slush as snow and sleet mix in Wednesday night. Snow, sleet, rain and thunder are on tap for Thursday, with minor slush in the metro.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin for the same period. The warning area will likely see 8-12 inches of slushy and wet snow.
In western and southwestern Minnesota, a Blizzard Warning is in effect. Wind gusts of 50-60 miles per hour and a possible 12-18 inches of snow could create impossible travel conditions.
Precipitation of all types will wrap up Friday.
Wednesday morning/afternoon: Southwestern Minnesota will see slushy snow, the Twin Cities will see a spotty mix of scattered rain showers with highs in the 40s and western Minnesota will see accumulating snow.
Wednesday night: Up to 6-8 inches of snow is expected to fall in western Minnesota, with just a couple of inches of slush in the metro as we dance with wet snow, rain, sleet and freezing rain throughout the night.
Thursday: Heavy snow and gusty winds all across western and northern Minnesota. More mix of rain and snow/sleet in the Twin Cities, with an inch or two of accumulation.
Thursday Night into Friday: The metro stays in the mix with low, slushy accumulations, while outstate Minnesota climbs above 12 inches of snow.