A low pressure system across Kansas Thursday morning will shift northeast across Iowa and southern Minnesota Friday morning. This will bring rain to the area Thursday afternoon, that will mix with and change over to snow Thursday evening. Moderate to heavy snow, and very strong winds will be possible, especially across eastern South Dakota and portions of west central Minnesota. Expect the snow to end west to east Friday afternoon, as the low pressure system exits across Wisconsin.
A blizzard watch has been issued from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Blizzard conditions are possible from late Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Winds gusting as high as 45-mph could cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches are possible in this blizzard watch.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible, including during the morning commute on Friday. A winter storm watch remains in effect from some states.