A winter storm watch was issued for today and Saturday in the Brainerd lakes area, with up to 8 inches of snow possible.
A low pressure system out of the Rocky Mountains will build in strength across the Dakotas and Nebraska and by tonight will be over the area, said Ed Shimon, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
"Overnight it will intensify," Shimon said. "There will be periods of flurries, and tomorrow the snow will redevelop and continue."
Though the National Weather Service forecast a possibility of 6-8 inches of snow , Shimon said those numbers could change later in the day and preliminary figures show the storm moving toward the southern portion of the state.
"(The Brainerd lakes) area is starting to look like it might be less under the track," Shimon said. "However, those are just preliminary forecasts."
If more than four inches fall, and a snow emergency is declared, Brainerd residents should be prepared to move their vehicles off north/south running streets as the plows would be out.
"Depending on how much snow we get, we'll be prepared to plow today through Sunday," said Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether, adding residents should keep track of radio stations, the cable public access channel or by calling The Dispatch's Extra Access audiotex line at 829-2900 and pressing code 2261 for Brainerd's snow emergency information.
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