Widespread 6 to 10 inches of heavy snow will cause significant travel impacts Saturday through Sunday morning. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for most of Minnesota for the weekend.

Heavy snow will develop and advance into southern and western Minnesota early Saturday morning, before reaching eastern Minnesota by late morning. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected through early evening before easing Saturday night.

National Weather Service

Strong northwest winds will develop Saturday night and Sunday morning with gusts of 40 to 45 mph possible. This will lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow.

From the National Weather Service this evening: Confidence remains high that a winter storm will cause significant travel impacts across the Upper Midwest this weekend. Heavy snow and blowing snow are likely for much of western and central Minnesota into northern Wisconsin. Some rain could mix in across southeastern Minnesota into central Wisconsin Saturday, cutting down snowfall totals.

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