The National Weather Service has issued Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings across all of southern Minnesota beginning this afternoon, remaining in effect through Thursday.

Two significant rounds of snow are expected with this storm, with little or no snow in between the two main rounds.

The first round is expected to begin this afternoon, ending Wednesday morning -- bringing 3 to 7 inches to most of the area. The second round picks back up Wednesday afternoon lasting through much of Thursday, piling up an additional 10 to 20 inches. That's a storm potential total accumulation of anywhere from 13 to 27 inches.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

This historic winter storm is expected to be a top-five snow producer in Minnesota's history, making travel nearly impossible by Wednesday night and early Thursday.

The worst conditions will be Wednesday evening through Thursday, and a Blizzard Warning has been issued for several counties, including Le Sueur, Rice, and Waseca Counties. Winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph will cause drifting and whiteout conditions.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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