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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A blizzard warning goes into effect for much of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

KTTC Meteorologist Ted Schmidt said conditions will deteriorate after midnight. A mixture of freezing rain and sleet is expected to develop at about 3 a.m. Thursday, possibly creating some slick spots through 9 a.m. when it will transition to snow. Expect periods of snow through the day Thursday, with the heaviest falling in the afternoon.

KTTC Chief Meteorologist Randy Brock said the storm will be a high impact event.

"Travel will be affected, there will be delays and cancellations, but I don't think we're running a very high risk of power outages unless freezing rain joins the mix first thing Thursday," Brock said.

Winds will get much stronger, producing blizzard conditions in the mid to late afternoon hours Thursday and all of Thursday night.

Northwest winds will occasionally reach 40 mph until well after midnight with drifting snow possible until the morning commute on Friday. Snowfall looks to range from 6-10 inches in most spots with a few spots getting a foot, especially just east and northeast of Rochester.

Randy, Ted and Jonathan will be tracking the changing conditions. Click here for the latest forecast and download the KTTC Precision Weather App.

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