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Next up for commuters: freezing rain (just a little, though)

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It's always something, isn't it?

Now that the mercury has left zero degrees behind, it's hovering around the freezing mark. That could make for some freezing rain during Friday morning's commute, KSTP says.

Thankfully, it's not likely to be a heavy rain.

On a scale of 1 to 10 meteorologist Dave Dahl puts the 'hassle factor' at a 5 in the Twin Cities, forecasting scattered icy roads and slick spots on bridges and overpasses in particular. He expects most of the precipitation will come in the wee hours before rush hour, although some morning fog may linger.

The National Weather Service says any ice accumulation in the Twin Cities will be light.

In Duluth the Weather Service reported ice pellets were already falling Thursday evening, but the forecast called for the freezing rain to change to snow as Friday's cold front arrives.

Friday's highs will range from the middle teens in the Red River Valley to the upper 30s in southeastern Minnesota, the Weather Service says. The Twin Cities may see 35 on Friday and will likely stay in the 20s on Saturday.

The colder air brings at least one benefit: it will help break up the atmospheric conditions that have trapped pollution in the air. The poor air quality led the Pollution Control Agency to issue air pollution alerts and advisories for southern and western Minnesota into Friday.

As for the freezing rain ... well, we Minnesotans have dealt with it before. Even this winter. A brief January thaw in Duluth produced some memorable ice surfing opportunities on the city's hills.

Find the latest Minnesota road conditions here.

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