Updated: The National Weather Service says mixed wintry precipitation will push into western Minnesota this evening with a second area developing later tonight further east
from south central Minnesota to northwest Wisconsin. Precipitation will change over to all snow by Thursday morning. A narrow swath of heavy snow with accumulations of 4 to 7 inches is expected to fall along an axis from Albert Lea, up through Ladysmith and Eau
Claire. Outside of this area accumulations will be lower, with 1 to 3 inches expected.

Strong northwest winds will develop late tonight and continue through Thursday. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 mph. This will result in areas of blowing snow with some brief
instances of whiteout conditions, especially across southeast Minnesota.

Temperatures will plummet into the single digits and teens late tonight which may cause a flash freeze on area roadways. Hazardous travel conditions are expected, especially Thursday morning and afternoon.

The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning along an east of a line from Albert Lea to Red Wing and up through Barron County, WI. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for areas west of this line, encompassing Polk and St.
Croix counties in Wisconsin and most of southern Minnesota.

For the the cities of Red Wing, Owatonna, Albert Lea,
Rice Lake, Ladysmith, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand,
Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire, Heavy snow and blowing snow. Plan on difficult travel
conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday.
Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations
of a light glaze are expected.

For the the cities of Hastings, Faribault, Waseca, Fairmont,
Blue Earth, and Hudson, Snow and blowing snow possible. Plan on slippery road
conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday.
Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations
of a light glaze are expected.

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Pink=winter storm warning, Blue=winter weather advisory

National Weather Service