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The latest on the winter storm set to impact Minnesota, Wisconsin

The heaviest snow is expected to fall Thursday morning.
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It looks like another disappointing winter storm for Minnesota snow lovers, while Wisconsin is in line for the brunt of the wintry impacts. 

A winter storm watch has been issued across far southern Minnesota, but not because snow amounts will be all that high. The watch is in place due to potential for blizzard conditions, though the forecast discussion from the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Services (NWS) hints that the watch could be replaced with a winter weather advisory. 

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Snowfall amounts are expected to range from 1-3 inches in the southeastern third of Minnesota, though some amounts could tick up a bit higher near the Wisconsin border, according to the NWS. 

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"The heaviest snow is expected tomorrow morning and afternoon across western Wisconsin. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph will also lead to blowing snow," the NWS advises. 

But nothing is set in stone just yet, so further forecast updates should be monitored. 

"What falls and how much will be governed by the strength and track of the storm, and that hasn't been locked in yet," the La Crosse office of the NWS says. 

The simulated future radar from the NAM 3KM computer guidance shows a heavy band of snow pushing through Minnesota early Thursday morning, with the bulk of the snow falling in Wisconsin. 


Once the snow moves through it'll be all about extreme cold conditions as temperatures plummet during the day Thursday before we go into the ice box this weekend. 

High temps will likely struggle to break zero Saturday through Monday, with lows dipping into the negative teens, 20s and 30s below zero. 

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