Snow this morning, then 'take your breath away' winds develop


A bit of snow is coming to Minnesota – but it's the strong wind gusts later in the day that could make for dangerous driving conditions.

A fast moving clipper system passed through the region Thursday morning and brought a quick burst of snow for the tail end of the morning commute. Slick streets and

" target="_blank">limited visibility led to several crashes during the morning commute, and could lead to problems on the roads throughout the day and evening.

Snow is expected to taper off by mid-afternoon. Total accumulation in the Twin Cities will amount to about 1-2 inches, with slightly heavier amounts possible just north and east of the metro. The Interstate 35 corridor through the arrowhead of Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin could see as much as 2-3 inches of snow.

Some schools were closed or had delayed starts Thursday morning, and some other schools had early releases, WCCO reports.

Visibility will probably be poor

While it's not much snow, the wind combined with the flakes will create dangerous conditions for Minnesotans.

Strong northwest winds will follow the snow starting Thursday evening. Gusts near 40 to 50 mph are expected in western Minnesota starting Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of south central and west central Minnesota until 6 p.m. The area could see wind gusts up to 50 mph.

By far, the worst travel conditions will be across west and southwest Minnesota, in the flat and open prairie lands and along Interstate 90. These areas are much more prone to blizzard-like conditions mainly due to the landscape. The hills and wooded areas of northern and eastern Minnesota tend to block winds and reduce whiteout conditions.

Look for reduced visibilities in the Twin Cities by Thursday evening due to areas of blowing and drifting snow. Wind gusts of 30-35 mph are likely in the metro. Be especially careful traveling in rural or open areas where blowing snow is typical.

And no matter where you are, please travel with caution.

Somewhat warmer temperatures are expected for Thursday's snow. A high of 13 is expected for the Twin Cities, but blustery overnight winds could make for another frigid morning Friday. A high of 1, with a nighttime low of minus 10 is forecast for Friday, the weather service says.

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