A few inches of snow will hit Minnesota – and driving Thursday could be tough

It's not going to be a ton of snow, but the frigid temps complicate things.
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The frigid temps aren't going anywhere, but on the plus side, Minnesota is going to get some snow.

It'll be nothing like Erie, Pennsylvania, with its 5-plus feet of snow in two days. But the few inches Minnesota is in line for, combined with how cold it is, could make driving Thursday pretty difficult.

The National Weather Service is forecasting anywhere from 1-3 inches of snowfall. 

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It could start as early as Wednesday night, especially in the western parts of the state and throughout the Northland. (Some localized spots along the North Shore could see even higher amounts.) 

Fortunately winds aren't expected to be more than 10-15 mph in the northwest region, so forecasters aren't too worried about blizzard conditions.

The Twin Cities will likely get hit hardest during Thursday morning rush hour, and should get about 2 inches of snowfall.

The National Weather Service is urging motorists "to use extra caution by reducing speeds and allowing extra time to reach destinations."

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Complicating the drive will be those bone-chilling temperatures. 

Wind chills of -10 to -20 are expected. And salt – one of the main methods MnDOT uses to de-ice roads – doesn't work as well in extreme cold

"When the pavement temperature drops below 15° F the effectiveness of salt is decreased significantly," MnDOT says

At that point they might mix in calcium chloride or magnesium chloride to help lower the freezing point, or will include sand as well to help with traction.

So start mentally preparing yourself now for some light shoveling and a potentially very slow drive Thursday. For your city's specific forecast, put your ZIP code in here.

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