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More snow expected for rush hour; blizzard warning in effect Thursday

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Another frustrating commute is on tap for Wednesday afternoon as more snow hits the Twin Cities.

The good news: It should be light. The bad news: It will arrive just in time to tie up rush hour traffic.

The National Weather Service predicts less than an inch of snow will coat metro roads – KARE 11 describes it as a quick dusting to an inch – and between 1-2 inches are expected in central Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio estimates the snow will begin after 2 p.m. and will wrap up around 6 or 7 p.m.

The bigger event is slated for Thursday when a blizzard warning is in effect for northwest and west-central Minnesota. In the Red River Valley, NWS says wind gusts of over 60 mph could make travel in rural areas impossible Thursday morning. The agency is also expecting localized power outages.

The warning in that region is in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. Thursday.

A little farther south, where the blizzard warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. to midnight Thursday, 45-55 mph wind will likely create whiteout conditions in west-central and parts of southern Minnesota.

A milder winter weather advisory is in effect for the Twin Cities Thursday. NWS expects blowing snow could reduce visibility on the road.

So, as the Star Tribune's Paul Douglas points out, spring is not right around the corner and if a blizzard doesn't confirm that, the calendar certainly will. Wednesday marks the halfway point of meteorological winter.

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