The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 3 pm Tuesday afternoon through 6 pm Thursday evening for heavy snow and strong, gusty winds.

Most of the southern half of Minnesota will receive at at least a foot of new snow, with 18 to 22 inches of accumulation expected in the Winter Storm Warning area, which includes Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, and Waseca Counties (+more).

The National Weather Service says that confidence is high that 4 to 7 inches of snow will fall Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon with the initial round of snow. The snow will lighten up Wednesday morning, but then widespread heavy snow will develop later on Wednesday afternoon as the main storm arrives.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

This main storm is expected to bring near an additional foot of snow to most locations, with higher amounts possible across south-central Minnesota late Wednesday into Thursday. Areas in western and southern Minnesota may see blizzard conditions as well.

The worst conditions will be Wednesday evening through Thursday, as heavy snow combines with northeast wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, with some areas in western Minnesota seeing gusts near 50 mph. This will lead to significant drifting snow, and whiteout conditions in open areas.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Travel could 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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