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Freezing rain will transition to snow

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Freezing rain and a little sleet will fall across most of southeast Minnesota through the midmorning hours Thursday.

The freezing rain will transition to snow by lunchtime with light snow falling into the early afternoon. By mid to late afternoon, very heavy snowfall is expected along with possible thundersnow.

The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for all of south central and southeastern Minnesota.

Meteorologist Ted Schmidt says up to ten inches will accumulate by sunset with another two to four inches in the evening through midnight when the snow will begin to taper off.

Fierce winds will kick in after 4 p.m., creating blowing snow and whiteout conditions that will last through midday Friday.

Gusts from the northwest will occasionally reach 50 mph all night long. Blowing snow will continue through mid afternoon Friday while colder air pours into the region.

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