The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a large portion of southern Minnesota in effect from early Thursday morning into Thursday night.

The Winter Weather Advisory includes Steele, Rice, Renville, McLeod, Sibley, Carver, Scott, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Waseca, Martin, Faribault, and Freeborn counties.

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Precipitation may start as rain early Thursday, but will quickly change to snow. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. Winds will gust as high as 35 mph, causing poor visibilities.

Travel with Care

Plan on slippery road conditions that could impact the Thursday morning and evening commute.

Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions are available by calling 511or visiting 511mn.org.

Winter Storm Warning to the North

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the northern two thirds of the state including the Twin Cities metro area, where 4 to 7 inches of snow are expected, with winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour.

Parts of the North Shore of Lake Superior, from Duluth to the Canadian border, are expected to receive anywhere from one to three feet of snow.

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There's more snow possible Friday into Saturday, but much less accumulation is expected. Following the winter storm, arctic air will move into southern Minnesota and take hold through the Christmas holiday with lows below zero, and highs in the single digits.

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