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Uh oh, Friday's snow is now likely to be a blizzard

The National Weather Service has upgraded the severity of Friday's winter storm.
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Watch out, Minnesota, it's not just going to snow on Friday, it could be a blizzard.

The National Weather Service Wednesday morning has upgraded the severity of Friday's winter storm, with areas of west-central Minnesota likely to be the worst hit.

Snow accumulation of more than a foot is possible in the northern reaches of the state, while in western Minnesota the snowfall will combine with 45-50 mph wind gusts to create blizzard-like conditions.

The service is warning residents to prepare now for the storm, which will bring whiteout conditions on state roads.

A winter storm watch has been put in place by the NWS in Duluth, noting that a corridor of Minnesota stretching from International Falls to Brainerd will get at least six inches and strong winds.

Rain is expected to spread into the region on Thursday night, before temperatures drop and it turns to snow overnight. Commuters are warned that "road conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly"

The Rock County Sheriff's Office in southwestern Minnesota is among the local authorities to have issued a warning to residents, saying visibility in the area will be reduced to a quarter-mile or less come Friday.

What about the Twin Cities?

The metro area will have to wait a while longer before it gets its first serious dump of snow.

According to the NWS, less than one inch of snow will fall in the Twin Cities, though the outer reaches of the northern and western suburbs might see a little more.

The most noticeable difference will be the temperature, with the prolonged warm fall coming to an end as temperatures start dipping towards the level you'd expect for this time of year.

Accuweather forecasts overnight temperatures of 26 on Friday and 19 on Saturday.

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