MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A winter storm warning is in effect for much of Minnesota until 6 a.m. Sunday as a strong double-barreled area of low pressure moves in and intensifies over the state.

Expect rain and snow to fall in much of southern and central Minnesota, as well as western Wisconsin. The precipitation will change exclusively to snow by the late evening hours.

Winds will play a large and hazardous factor. Wind speeds look to increase to 20-30 mph by midnight with higher gusts to 50 mph possible. Strong winds will continue to impact the area Saturday and through the day Sunday.

Accumulating precipitation will likely come to an end by daybreak Sunday, with 2-4 inches expected across a large portion of southern and central Minnesota. There may be 3-6 inches of accumulation across western Wisconsin.

Snow in combination with strong winds will create reduced visibility and make travel difficult. Peak storm intensity is likely to coincide with the post-New Year’s travel time early Sunday morning.

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