Snow is coming: Here's how much we're going to get

Blizzard conditions are possible in parts of Minnesota.

Update: We've taken a look at the updated forecast. You can see Thursday's more recent projections in this GoMN story.

The original story with information from Wednesday is below.

It won't be the Halloween blizzard of 1991, but some Minnesotans may have to pull out their shovels. 

A winter storm system is headed our way, which will bring rain and then snow to much of Minnesota Thursday evening through Friday. 

Snow totals are expected to range from less than an inch in the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota to 4-6 inches in the northeastern part of the state. Meanwhile, south-central and southwestern Minnesota could pick up 3-4 inches of snow. 

However, the National Weather Service says there's "a lot of uncertainty" with how much snow we'll get with this storm because temperatures will hover around freezing, the ground is still pretty warm, and rain will mix with snow. 

The agency adds that snow will probably only stick to the grassy areas, but slick spots are possible on the roads – so be careful during both the morning and evening commutes on Friday, because both will likely be impacted. 

Blizzard conditions possible in NW Minnesota

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches for much of northern Minnesota from Thursday through Friday. 

Related: – Winter weather alerts have been simplified – here's what they mean

Snow totals will range from 1-4 inches in localized spots in northwestern and west-central Minnesota, while northeastern Minnesota could see 4-8 inches of snow, especially near the Canadian border. 

In northwestern and west-central Minnesota, the main concern will be all the wind – 60-plus mph wind gusts are possible, which could cause blizzard conditions. 

This could make travel "very difficult to impossible" and "very dangerous" due to the possibility of white-out conditions, the winter storm watch says. Damage to power lines and trees are also concerns. 

Meanwhile, in northeastern Minnesota, blowing and drifting snow is possible in open areas and near lakes, which could reduce visibility. Wind gusts could be as high as 30 mph. 

The forecast will likely change again before the storm hits. For the latest weather alerts, click here.

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