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Blizzard-like Conditions Expected Around St. Michael Saturday

Yet another "clipper" system will bring snow and high winds to rural areas early Saturday, making travel difficult.

Graphic by National Weather Service - Twin Cities
Graphic by National Weather Service - Twin Cities
Hockey Day Minnesota may have hit its first and most dangerous snag: a winter storm. 

Up to 4 inches of new snow could hit the St. Michael and Elk River areas by Saturday morning, followed by winds of 30 to 40 mph, as the National Weather Service has issued its third Winter Weather Advisory of the week for Wright County and the entire Twin Cities area. 

Snow of nearly 5 inches hit the St. Michael area Tuesday morning, making the commute a miserable mess. Then, late Wednesday, another shot of snow dropped about an inch on the area but was ushered in by high winds, causing another terrible trip home for drivers. 

Now, the weekend looks to be bumpy, as this advisory runs from midnight Friday night to late Saturday evening. 

Travel conditions will be tough, particularly in open areas, with more than 6 inches of new snow on the ground from this week alone. 

Here's the notice from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen: 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW: SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS MINNESOTA AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND LAST UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING. 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW THE AROUND... AND ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING... ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

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... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY...

.ANOTHER BURST OF SNOW AND WIND IS EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY WHEN ANOTHER SYSTEM DROPS DOWN OUT OF CANADA. FAR WESTERN AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WILL ONLY SEE AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW... BUT WINDS BETWEEN 30 AND 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED ON SATURDAY CREATING AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. FARTHER NORTH AND EAST... NEAR THE I-94 CORRIDOR... BLUSTERY WINDS AND A FEW INCHES OF NEW SNOW COULD MAKE FOR DIFFICULT TRAVEL LATE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

Areas affected: 

Douglas, MN;  Todd, MN;  Morrison, MN;  Mille Lacs, MN;  Stevens, MN;  Pope, MN;  Stearns, MN;  Benton, MN;  Sherburne, MN;  Isanti, MN;  Lac Qui Parle, MN;  Swift, MN;  Chippewa, MN;  Kandiyohi, MN;  Meeker, MN;  Wright, MN;  Hennepin, MN;  Anoka, MN;  Ramsey, MN;  Washington, MN;  Yellow Medicine, MN; Renville, MN;  McLeod, MN;  Sibley, MN;  Carver, MN;  Scott, MN;  Dakota, MN;  Redwood, MN;  Brown, MN; Nicollet, MN;  Le Sueur, MN;  Rice, MN;  Goodhue, MN;  Watonwan, MN;  Blue Earth, MN;  Waseca, MN; Steele, MN;  Martin, MN;  Faribault, MN;  Freeborn, MN;  Pierce, WI;  Pepin, WI
 

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