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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Heavy snow with dangerous travel conditions are still in the forecast for the Rochester area and much of southeastern Minnesota.

After a quick snow shower moved through the area this morning, the Rochester area enjoyed a relatively quiet day before the arrival of the actual winter storm late this afternoon. The National Weather Service says snowfall rates of one inch per hour could become common across the region and some areas could even see rates approaching two inches per hour this evening as the snow piles up.

I-90 continues to be identified as a dividing line for the storm system. The National Weather Service is forecasting 8-12 inches of snow in areas north of I-90 with even higher amounts possible just south of the Twin Cities in parts of Rice and Dakota Counties. Some of the most recent forecast maps indicate those areas could receive as much as 18 inches of snow by Saturday morning. 4 to 6 inches of accumulation is predicted in areas south of I-90 to the Iowa border.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Gusty winds are expected to create problems with blowing and drifting snow overnight and forecasters continue to warn about the potential for whiteout conditions at times. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 6 AM on Saturday.

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