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Strong spring storm to bring rain, ice, snow to Minnesota

Freezing rain could be a real issue in western parts of the state.

A strong spring storm will bring a variety of precipitation to Minnesota through Friday, with the National Weather Service seeing enough evidence to issue winter storm watches and warnings for parts of western and northwestern Minnesota. 

"Rain will turn to freezing rain and sleet behind a cold front late Thursday across western MN, which will spread east Thursday night and early Friday. One quarter of an inch of ice is possible across western MN where a Winter Storm Watch is in effect. The precipitation will end Friday from west to east," explains the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. 

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The Twin Cities looks to get mostly rain from the storm, but ice and snow accumulations could be a real issue in locations under the winter storm headlines (watches, warnings), although any impactful snow accumulations look to be isolated to far northwestern Minnesota into North Dakota. 

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Here's a good look at what could unfold through Friday from the NAM model simulation. The pink/red and purple are indicative of a wintry mix or freezing rain (pink/red), which could lead to difficult travel conditions. 

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Once the storm moves through, the weekend looks to be mostly dry and then spring-like temps are expected for early next week. Southern Minnesota could get a taste of 70-degree weather by Tuesday. 

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