An April winter storm bears down on Minnesota

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An April snowstorm may not feel too new to Minnesotans, especially after last spring. But it looks like Mother Nature has another one in store, and this one could be one of the largest snow storms of the season for parts of southern, eastern and central Minnesota.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that covers the area from eastern South Dakota through Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin.

According to the weather service, it is a powerful storm system with copious amounts of moisture. The weather service says the storm will begin as a mix of rain and snow and will turn to all snow by Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say the snow will be heavy at times late Thursday afternoon through Friday morning, dropping 1 to 2 inches per hour.

The weather service estimates 6 to 12 inches of snow are expected, with the heaviest amounts across eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

KARE 11 reports the heaviest band of snow could be in central Minnesota through the northeastern part of the metro area.

FOX 9 reports the snowfall could make for a nasty Friday morning commute in the metro area. The report estimates 3 to 5 inches of snow in the metro.

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