Areas of West Central Minnesota could see up to 20 inches of new snow between midnight Wednesday and early Saturday morning.
A large area of the Midwest is covered by a winter storm warning that all but guarantees a very, very white Christmas and is sure to mess up the travel plans of many people looking to get home or away from home for the holidays.
The National Weather service is predicting the heaviest snow will fall along a line from Marshall to St. Cloud and on to Duluth.
Click on the Local Weather tab on the Sun Tribune Web site to keep track of the storm's progress the next few days.
Snow will begin Wednesday evening and periods of heavy snow are likely as the storm intensifies Thursday and on into Friday.
Accumlations are expected to exceed one foot in most areas and pile up to about 20 inches in some locations.
Visibility will also hamper travelers as wind speeds increase. This is especially true in open, rural areas. The National Weather service is warning that travel be restricted to only emergency situations.