As a winter system approaches from Canada, a winter storm watch will go into effect for most of central and southern Minnesota Thursday from 6am until midnight on Saturday. A winter weather advisory will go into effect for the Charles City and Decorah area until midnight on Friday.
Temperatures will stay mild tonight, and a pocket of warm air will stick around tomorrow morning as that system moves in. That will create a rain/snow mix for the early morning hours, before temperatures cool and we switch to snow for the rest of Thursday.
We'll see some heavy bands of snow move through, and will gusty winds expect visibility to be limited on the roadways during your evening commute on Thursday and into Friday as well.
Snow will linger through the day on Friday, before tapering off during the evening hours.
A wide range of snowfall totals is expected across southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa by the end of Friday. Some dry air will be working into the atmosphere which will limit totals for some, and others will see more bands of heavy snow move through.
That being said, about 5-9 inches is possible through Wabasha, Rochester, and Albert Lea with totals decreasing further south and east.
Be sure to take it slow on the road tomorrow, keep your headlights on and drive safe!