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Snow could make for rough afternoon commute in Minn.

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Snow was falling in downtown St. Paul by late Monday morning.
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Drivers in large parts of Minnesota could be in for rough afternoon commute after the first major snow of 2008 hit on Monday.

The National Weather Service posted snow advisories and winter weather advisories for the southern two-thirds of the state through Monday night.

The snow moved into the Twin Cities metropolitan area around 9 a.m. It was forecast to start spreading to the northeast across the rest of the state in the afternoon.

The Weather Service says parts of southeastern Minnesota, including Rochester, could also get sleet and possibly a thunderclap or two.

Much of southern and central Minnesota - and parts of the northeast - could receive 3 inches to 5 inches of snow by late Monday.