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Winter Storm Warning issued, conditions to deteriorate rapidly Saturday

1-2 inches per hour expected at times.
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An incoming snowstorm is going to make much of Minnesota more of a winter wonderland than it already is, and it's poised to pummel a large swath of the state with 1-2 inches per hour. 

The National Weather Serviced issued a Winter Storm Warning for every area shaded in pink in the map below. Not pictured in the map below is the Duluth area, which is also under a warning for Saturday. 

Here's the official warning language from the NWS: 

"Heavy snow with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will spread into the area Saturday afternoon or early evening. Given the expected intensity, conditions will deteriorate rapidly following the onset of the snow. Snowfall totals of 6 to 9 inches are likely across the warned area with 4 to 6 inches expected in the advisory area. In addition, northwest winds gusting to 30 to 35 mph late Saturday night will lead to areas of blowing snow, especially across southern and eastern Minnesota, and western Wisconsin. Travel could become very difficult Saturday night through early Sunday."

Here's a map with timing for the storm. It's on track to hit the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon. 

We'll update this story as the forecast changes. 

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