Minnesota is in the path of a storm that is expected to drop at least 6 inches of snow -- at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour -- beginning late this morning, the National Weather Service said today.
The snow will move into the east central part of the state, including the Twin Cities, in the mid to late morning with up to 6 inches of snow expected. But some areas could expect to see 9 inches or more.
Southern Minnesota should see a somewhat lighter snowfall, with less than 6 inches expected along the Iowa border. The snow expected to begin as a "mix" of precipitation, the weather service said.
Thunder is possible in parts of southern and east central Minnesota and into Wisconsin.
Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly once the snow and strong winds arrive, the weather service said.
In the Twin Cities today, expect a high temperature of 28 degrees and winds of 10 to 28 miles per hour.
Tonight, snow is likely before midnight and low temperatures can drop to 3 degrees with wind chills of minus 3 and minus 13 degrees.
On Friday, expect sunny skies and a high of near 18 degrees. Nighttime temperatures will drop to 4 degrees.
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