Eight inches could pile up by the time is stops falling.

    It took around 12 hours longer than forecasters expected, but the winter storm forecast to move into the region Sunday evening finally arrived in Crookston around 6 a.m. Monday, when the first flakes of what could end up being up to eight inches of snow started to fall.

    The National Weather Service states that dry air low in the atmosphere prevented the storm system from pushing into northwestern Minnesota Sunday night, and also resulted in smaller amounts of snow falling early on than expected.

    Crookston schools were at first delayed by two hours shortly after the snow started to fall and, then, shortly before 8 a.m., Superintendent Chris Bates cancelled classes Monday. The weather cancellation list continues to grow, so check ahead before venturing out.

    The NWS says the winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The snow is expected to fall basically all day and through the night, and be blown around by northeast winds up to 25 miles per hour.