Here's how much snow we'll get Friday afternoon

The commute isn't looking very pleasant.
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Minnesota is set for another bout of snow on Friday, with up to 6 inches possible in some places.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall in west-central Minnesota, with counties west of Alexandria seeing between 4-6 inches once the system moves into the state Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says snow will "rapidly develop" across central Minnesota, with a winter weather advisory issued for a line north of the Interstate 94 corridor up to Brainerd.

Most places in the advisory area will see between 2-4 inches total accumulation.

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities said Friday afternoon that a band of snow is developing across west-central Minnesota, likely reaching the Twin Cities metro around 3 p.m. 

There may be a "brief period of heavy snow" during the rush hour, so "expect" longer commute times and slippery roads, the agency says. 

The weather service says 1-2 inches of snow is possible by 6 p.m., adding the band of snow will lift north early Friday evening. 

The heaviest snow is expected between 6 p.m. and midnight, with commuters warned to expect slippery road conditions.

The winter weather advisory is in effect until Saturday morning. 

The Twin Cities won't get quite as much of the white stuff, with models suggesting 1-2 inches could fall in the central and north metro, with less than an inch in the south.

Looking further ahead, a wintry mix of snow and rain is expected in the northern half of the state on Saturday, with the eastern region getting the same on Sunday.

And next week is expected to bring weather more than 50 percent cooler than usual for this time of year.

Saturday is the deer opener

The weather is going to make things interesting for the 500,000 hunters expected to go out into the woods in the early hours of Saturday morning for the firearm deer opener.

Those heading out could find some snow on the ground as well as temperatures a little above freezing. 

It marks quite the contrast to last year's firearms opener, when temperatures statewide were in the 60s and 70s.

The Minnesota DNR says the last time Minnesota saw some significant snow for the opener was in 2003, when up to 7 inches fell in the north of the state.

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