Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A large part of Minnesota is facing a threat of freezing rain and light snow.

A storm system is expected to develop in western areas Thursday night and make its way to the eastern border by Friday morning.

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The National Weather Service has issued advisories in an area that extends from Albert Lea in the south to International Falls in the north and from the Twin Cities area to the state’s western border.

The NWS says temperatures will rapidly fall below freezing behind the front which will turn the rain to freezing rain, then sleet, and eventually snow. Ice accumulation of one to two-tenths of an inch and snow accumulation of an inch or less are expected in the advisory area.

Cities affected by the advisory include St Peter, Le Sueur, Faribault, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea.

Counties in the southeast corner of the state can expect rain, freezing rain, and light snow.

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