Winter Storm Watch Begins Late Wednesday Night

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WHERE.Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and east central, south central and southeast Minnesota.

Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 49 and an overnight low of 21. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour.

Numerous counties in central in will be under a Winter Weather Watch from Thursday night until 1 a.m. on Saturday, including Marion County.

In the mountains, snow accumulations will be highest across the Western Slope (8-16 inches) where winter storm warnings are in effect. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind.

Friday - Rain likely before noon, then snow. The rain, heavy at times will continue Friday and into Saturday.

The bottom line: Northwest Alabama (The Shoals, Moulton Russellville), Limestone County, northeast into Tennessee have the best chance of snowfall of around 1 to 3 inches.

At this time, no part of Alabama is in a winter storm watch, but a winter weather advisory could be required over the far northern part of the state later.

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Winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon. Low around 20. Blustery.

It's those details that will help determine what type and how much precipitation we can expect in central in - and whether we can expect less than an inch or a few inches of snow and where. East wind 5 to 10 miles per hour.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a few mixed showers.

"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.

Martin Luther King day is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 36 degrees.

For the latest forecasts, visit PennLive's weather page.

"When we have more snow, it brings more people", said resort spokeswoman Thea Hardy.