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The National Weather service said a winter storm warning goes into effect at 9 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday. There is also a blizzard watch in southwest Minnesota.
WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said snow totals in the metro could be as much as 12-16 inches. The storm is probably going to add 15-20 inches to central Wisconsin.
He said the last time we received a foot or more of snow from one storm in the metro area was the blizzard of that went from Feb. 28 through March 2, 2007.
Augustyniak said the Twin Cities will stay dry through Friday evening, but further south near Rochester and Mankato, a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain could break out around 5 p.m.
People traveling along Interstate 90 between Austin, Minn. and La Crosse, Wis. will need to look out for icy roads and drive cautiously.
In the Twin Cities, the snow should start falling just after midnight. Augustyniak said it will be snowing very heavily at times, with an inch to an inch-and-a half falling per hour throughout the night.
The metro area will still deal with snowfall throughout the day Saturday, but it will wrap up in the evening hours.
Augustyniak said snowfall totals could vary because the storm track isn’t certain and it could still move 50 to 100 miles north or south.
He said in addition to the snow, there will be a lot of wind whipping those flakes around on the roads and visibility will be low and some areas could experience white-out conditions.
Temperatures continue to fall Friday and Saturday, but with the wind chill it will make it feel much colder. By Sunday morning, people will wake up to below zero temps for the first time this season with a low of -10 degrees. Because the wind will be strong, coming in from the north at 15-25 mph, it will actually make it feel like -25 to -35 degrees.
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