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Spring snowstorm takes aim at east-central Minnesota

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The Twin Cities were getting a snow flurry Wednesday morning as a significant spring storm moves through central Minnesota, likely hitting east-central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin with the biggest snowfalls, forecasters say.

As much as 9 to 14 inches of snow is expected in that region, the Associated Press reports.

Duluth could get one of the city's biggest April snowstorms ever, the Star Tribune reports.

Winter storm warnings are in effect through Thursday morning.

National Weather Service forecasters say the heaviest snow is likely to fall between Duluth and Hinckley, Minnesota, and in the northwestern Wisconsin counties nearest to Lake Superior. Travel conditions will deteriorate very quickly through Wednesday across the Northland, the weather service says.

In Duluth, snow showers were expected early Wednesday morning, getting heavier at about noon and lasting into the evening, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Six to 10 inches of snow are expected in the Twin Ports, the newspaper reports.

“It’s going to be a nasty day,” Brian Tentinger, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Duluth, told the News Tribune.

The metro was not expected to get any more than an inch of accumulation, if that. It was mostly smooth sailing for commuters early Wednesday. But a bit north and west of the metro it was a different story. KARE 11's Brian Piatt:

A few 7 a.m. snowfall totals:

WCCO reports afternoon metro commuters could see rain, which could turn to a bit of snow from 7-10 p.m. A high of 45 degrees is expected Wednesday in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota State Patrol officials said they are investigating a fatal 4 a.m. crash involving two semis on eastbound Interstate 94 in Clay County, where roads were icy. Valley News Live had video from the scene near Barnesville.

Drivers in the snow zone were being urged to slow down.

State Patrol officials said there were several vehicles spun off the road in west-central Minnesota Wednesday morning, including a jackknifed semi (no injuries in this incident):

And will the Twins play their home game tonight? Stay tuned.

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