The good news is that most of the snow is supposed to hold off in the Twin Cities until 5 p.m. or later Thursday, which means the evening commute might not be as gnarly as it could've been had the snow been forecast to start earlier.
Aside from the northwestern third and extreme southern portions of Minnesota, almost everyone is in line for 2-5 inches of snow Thursday/Thursday night.
The National Weather Service-Twin Cities is calling for widespread light to moderate snow to spread into Minnesota from the southeast to northeast throughout the day, with the heaviest snow falling later this evening into tonight.
There is potential, however, for heavier pockets of snow to develop, meaning 5+ inches, maybe even 6-8 inches in some areas, although not very likely, the NWS says.
Whiteout conditions and lots of snow Saturday
Forecasters are now confident that parts of Minnesota will get slammed by a stronger winter storm Saturday and Saturday night.
"Heavy snow combined with strong winds is going to make for very difficult travel Saturday night for much of the area," the NWS-Twin Cities forecast discussion says.
As of Thursday morning, they're anticipating 5-9 inches of snow and 30 mph winds in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where "near white conditions will be likely."
Meteorologist Paul Douglas says he won't surprised to see 10-12 inches of snow between Thursday and Sunday morning.