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Snowy blast takes on Minnesota [UPDATED]

Snow caves should only be built in an emergency.

Snow caves should only be built in an emergency.

News flash: It's going to snow in Minnesota in winter. Go figure.

But seriously, this time we're talking about a particularly cold and nasty blizzard. It's going to make life more miserable than usual for folks in the Dakotas. And sometime between Happy Hour and Last Call it's going to start leaving a big mess in the Twin Cities.

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Update: Weather forecasters were saying this morning there could be between 6 inches to a foot of the white stuff on the ground when we wake up in the morning. But it sounds like Mother Nature has upped the ante. We're now talking about snow measured in feet, not inches. The wind will start to howl. And temperatures are going to drop into the its-cold-enough-to-kill-you range: Between minus 25 and minus 35 by evening.

What better time, we ask, than to brush up on our snow cave-building skills?

Much as we expect snow here in winter, it has seemed like we're slipping and sliding, shoveling and scraping a little more this December than we're used to. And sure enough, the National Weather Service says snowfall in December has been the highest it's been in five years.

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Click on the map to enlarge.

Time to haul out the roof rakes.