Wednesday's forecast brings snow and ice across the state

Dangerous cold returns

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Another round of snow moves across Minnesota Wednesday, bringing central parts of the state a brief burst of heavier snow and ice to portions of southern Minnesota. Dangerous cold returns to the state overnight.

Snow and ice

A new round of predominantly light snow has been making its way into western Minnesota, with a heavier burst in northwestern Minnesota. Here is the radar as of 6:48 a.m:

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6:48 a.m. Wednesday radar
National Weather Service

That heavier band is part of a corridor from about Moorhead to Duluth that could see 2 to 4 inches of snow, while the rest of the state will mostly see 0-2 inches Wednesday.

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Wednesday snow totals
National Weather Service

For the Twin Cities, the snow totals will likely be in the 1- to 2-inch range, and the timing will be Wednesday morning to early afternoon. Except for the Arrowhead, where snow could linger through the evening, most of the snow across the state will move out by Wednesday afternoon.

For southern Minnesota, freezing rain could mix in with the snow Wednesday morning, causing slick roads. Here is the precipitation forecast as of 10 a.m., showing the snow and ice areas:

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10 a.m. Wednesday precipitation forecast
National Weather Service


Central and southern Minnesota are currently under a winter weather advisory (in purple) due to the areas that could see either heavier snow or ice.

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Winter Weather Advisories
National Weather Service

Temperatures

Cold air is continuing to funnel across the state, and highs Wednesday will range from staying negative all day in northwestern Minnesota to the low 20s in southeastern Minnesota.

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Wednesday afternoon temperatures
National Weather Service

Much of western Minnesota will see temperatures fall slightly through the day. Northwestern Minnesota also has a wind chill advisory going into effect at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon due to wind chills that could feel as cold as minus 35 at times overnight.

Thursday morning will be dangerously cold, and a major snowstorm will hit Minnesota on Friday. That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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