Update: Hard to believe with the weather on Tuesday, but what could be the strongest winter storm of the season is expected to track across the plains Thursday, to Iowa on Thursday night, and Wisconsin by Friday. Rain will develop across southern Minnesota on Thursday afternoon and early evening before changing to heavy snow Thursday night through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm watch has been expanded to include areas along and
southeast of an Appleton, to St. Cloud, to Mora Minnesota line
from Thursday evening through Friday evening. Snow accumulations
of 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts are possible across
the watch area. In addition, northeast winds Friday morning
becoming north and northwest Friday afternoon will gust as high as
40 mph. Blowing snow will further reduce visibilities. If these
winds materialize, blizzard conditions should be expected in open
areas.

The Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be
significantly impacted.

Stay tuned on the air and online for the latest developments. Here is the latest watch map.

weather.gov