Yesterday the National Weather Service issued projected snowfall totals for Monday's winter storm, but said the storm was "just making it to the West Coast, thus the track could shift."

It has shifted to the north which means Iowa is going to get dumped on and parts of Minnesota will receive more snow than originally thought. The NWS says this storm will be accompanied by strong winds which will make travel difficult and dangerous in parts of our region. Read the latest update below.

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How Much Snow Will Iowa Get?

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says, "A northward shift in storm track has been signaled the last couple model cycles, and you can probably guess what that means for the area... More snow, and our first sizable winter storm of the season."

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The NWS in Des Moines is warning that travel could be treacherous - especially Monday evening into Tuesday and encouraging people to double check their winter survival kit and alter travel plans if possible.

The weather experts say the southern and central parts on the Hawkeye State will get the most snow with some areas possibly getting more than a foot.

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 How Much Snow Will Minnesota Get?

24 hours ago it looked like Minnesota would dodge the bullet. At that time, the NWS in La Crosse forecasted about 1" of snow for most of the SE corner of the state.

They just updated the forecast today, and it looks like Iowa and Wisconsin are still in for the worst of the storm. However, Minnesota is now expected to get more than an inch of snow.

The National Weather Service says, "The snow will be accompanied by increasing northwest winds with gusts 30 to 40 mph and the potential for slippery to hazardous driving conditions."
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Temps to Plummet Later This Week

Take a look at the map below, which gives us the temperature outlook for the next 8-14 days. It indicates that many areas in the country can expect temperatures below the usual averages.

Cold air will move into Minnesota on Thursday with highs topping out that day in the mid-teens. Then from Friday, January 12th, through the middle of the following week,  high temperatures will struggle to get above single digits.

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13 Crazy Ways Nature Predicts a Harsh Winter in Minnesota

Nature is pretty amazing and can do some strange stuff that sometimes we don't totally understand. Some of those crazy things are ways that nature can predict there will be a harsh winter for Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. These are according to the Farmer's Alamanac.

Gallery Credit: Carly Ross