The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the St. Cloud area on Friday night into Saturday morning.

The watch goes in effect at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday. There's a very good chance of significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations. Areas impacted by the watch include; St. Cloud, Litchfield, Monticello, Minneapolis, Hutchinson, Chaska, Shakopee, Hastings, Le Sueur, Fairibault, Red Wing and Owatonna. \

The National Weather Service is predicting heavy snow along I-94 on Friday afternoon that will continue Saturday morning. They're also cautioning that there may be a short period of rain before the snow starts.

About five to eight inches of snow is expected in southern Minnesota but very little if any snow over the northwest area. The National Weather Service also says you should plan on some difficult travel conditions due to poor visibility.

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