Weather Outlook: Snow, ice may create travel issues this weekend

Winter Storm Hunter a Potential Plains Blizzard Wednesday, Thursday; Then a Mess of Snow, Ice in Ohio Valley

EARLY LOOK: Weekend winter storm could bring several inches of snow to central Indiana

Friday will be rainy, with a high of 55. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour.

Snow is expected before 1 p.m. on Thursday with a low around 32 degrees. Then the cold air will transition this rain to snow from northwest to southeast across the state into the morning, becoming heavy at times.

Saturday night - A chance of snow showers. The most recent forecast puts the immediate Brainerd area in the space between the heaviest and lightest accumulation predictions with 3-4 inches expected.

Winter Storm Hunter will bring wind-driven snow to parts of northern Plains Wednesday into Thursday.

"The main thing we're anxious about this morning is the morning commute", Brian Tesar, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service's Billings office, said Wednesday morning. Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

Rain will gradually change to freezing rain, sleet or snow Friday morning, mainly after 6 a.m.

Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 42 and an overnight low of 21. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Widespread rain will return Thursday morning lasting in to the afternoon and evening.

Day - Partly sunny, with a high near 17. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. With wind gusts at peak speeds near 40 miles per hour, there's a potential for blizzard conditions on Thursday, he said.

We're already watching next Tuesday... another weather system and drop in temps could bring more snow chances to the Mid-South.

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