Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for the major winter storm set to arrive in southeast Minnesota Wednesday evening. 

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The snowfall is expected to start Wednesday night and leave the area Thursday afternoon. Officials say the storm could make travel dangerous overnight and difficult during Thursday's morning commute. 

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The National Service upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning Wednesday morning. It will be in effect from 9 PM Wednesday through 3 PM Thursday. The forecasted snow total for Rochester and the surrounding communities remains between 5 and 8 inches. 

The warning also states southeast Minnesota could see snowfall rates as high as 1-2 inches per hour. Forecasters say travel could become difficult and expect hazardous conditions to impact Thursday morning’s commute. 

The storm system is also predicted to produce a wintry mix south of Rochester that could lead to a glaze of ice in northern Iowa and southwest Wisconsin

Lighter snow accumulations are forecasted for communities north of Rochester. Real-time road conditions along with weather-related announcements are available in the KROC News App

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