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Wintry forecast calls for snowstorm, then frigid cold in metro, southern Minnesota

Winter has procrastinated when it comes to delivering cold and snow, but the lollygagging is over.

A long-duration storm moving into the state late Thursday was forecast to bring several inches of snow to the Twin Cities metro area and southern Minnesota and send the mercury — and windchill readings — tumbling below zero for the first time this season, the National Weather Service said.

"There is high certainty in windchills reaching 20 to 30 degrees below zero by Saturday morning, and 30 to 40 degrees below zero by Sunday morning," the Weather Service said.

What's not quite as certain is just how much snow will fall, and where the heaviest amounts will be. A winter storm warning going into effect Thursday night and lasting until Saturday morning calls for 4 or more inches of snow across most of southern Minnesota, stretching from Worthington to Albert Lea to Mankato to Rochester and Red Wing.


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