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The snow could be so bad that airlines are actually waiving some fees

We could get more than a foot of snow.

Travel is expected to be difficult if Minnesotans get more than a foot of snow on Friday like the forecast says is possible.

Weather officials say the Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to "be significantly impacted." And that includes at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which has a 22 percent chance of seeing more than 18 inches of snow between Thursday night and Friday evening.

Several airlines have issued travel advisories for people traveling to, from or through airports in Minnesota (including in Duluth, Rochester and MSP) and across the Midwest those days. That means the airlines will waive change fees for people who don't want to deal with the potential for weather-related delays later this week.

Airlines that have issued travel advisories include Delta, United, American and Sun CountryMSP Airport says, noting travelers are encouraged to check their flight status and make any necessary changes before heading to the airport.

So how much snow are we talking?

The forecast models still haven't narrowed down where the heaviest snow will fall, but the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities says it continues to have "high confidence" that we will get a bunch of snow, with the potential for 12-plus inches in some areas.

As of Wednesday morning, here's where the weather service thinks the heaviest snow will fall between Thursday night and Friday evening:

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