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Cold rain for the metro, winter storm warning in the Minnesota Arrowhead

All the rain could wind up freezing Thursday.
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Most of Wednesday will be dandy until rain and snow pushes into Minnesota, with rain changing over to snow from west to east late tonight through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

If you live anywhere in the southern 3/4s of Minnesota, you're probably looking at less than an inch of snow, but the Iron Range is going to get socked with some pretty decent totals. 

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As the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service notes, less than an inch is expected from southwest to east-central Minnesota, but totals could go a little higher if rain changes over to snow earlier than currently forecast. 

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Here's a closer look at the higher-end totals expected in the Arrowhead. 

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Temperatures will drop into the 20s Thursday afternoon, which could lead to a flash freeze, the NWS Twin Cities says, suggesting that it's possibly a "larger concern" than any snowfall associated with the system. We'll have to update the blog once more details are available on Thursday morning. 

Here's a look at the NAM 3KM radar simulation through Thursday midday. 

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The weekend looks awesome, with temps around 40 degrees and dry. It might end up being one of the final opportunities to get outside and finish raking and bagging leaves before Old Man Winter settles in for four months. 

As the weather service mentioned Tuesday, any talk of a Thanksgiving week winter storm in Minnesota is premature. It's possible, but there are way too many details to iron out. Stay tuned for updates. 

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