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Big snow, high winds to hit Minnesota on Friday

The Twin Cities will once again dodge the heaviest snow.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of north-central Minnesota stretching from Fargo through Brainerd and Bemidji to Duluth. 

The Twin Cities will dodge this storm with only minor accumulations in the northern suburbs, but some areas in the warning could see 8+ inches of snow. 

Paul Douglas blogged late Thursday night saying he wouldn't be surprised if areas around Brainerd get 12-17 inches

Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service in Duluth. 

"Snow will begin this evening in north-central Minnesota and spread eastward over northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin late tonight. Snowfall rates of over one inch per hour will be possible after midnight, along with northerly winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph, which may cause blowing snow at times through Saturday afternoon."

Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting where the heavy snows fall, but it will be even stronger in western and southern Minnesota, where the NWS says gusts to 50 mph are probable

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After the storm blows through we're in for a stretch of unseasonably cold weather. Easter Sunday will be very cold with wind chills at or below zero across the state that morning. 

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