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Parts of MN under a Winter Storm Watch for Friday into Friday night

Another heavy band of snow will set up across central MN.

A large area of central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin are under a Winter Storm Watch for Friday into Friday night. 

"A band of heavy snow will develop north of a low pressure system expected to track eastward across central Minnesota and central or northern Wisconsin. At this time, it appears the band will impact portions of central Minnesota, including Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs and Kanabec Counties. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Friday night for those counties. If the system shifts a bit north, the risk of heavy snow will decrease and if it shifts a bit south the risk will increase."

The metro-area is not included in the watch, nor is St. Cloud, but areas like Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Fergus Falls and Hinckley are in line for 5-7 inches of snow. 

Areas around the Twin Cities are currently forecast to get next to nothing in the south side of the metro and up to three inches in the northern suburbs. 

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Winds are also going to be a problem for areas south of the heaviest snowfall, with winds likely gusting 40-50 mph, the NWS says

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