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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – A mix of ice and freezing rain with spots of snow in some parts of Minnesota is making for a potentially dangerous driving situation.

Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said Friday morning that there were still patchy areas of ice in the Twin Cities metro area in the day’s early hours, with more toward central and northern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of the Northland, including Cass, Beltrami and Koochiching counties. The slick travel conditions have caused some school districts to cancel or delay classes Friday. You can see a full list of the current closings and delays here.

The Duluth News Tribune says Duluth, Ely, Hibbing and Chisholm schools are among those closed.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising not to travel on Highways 113 and 108 near Waubun and Pelican Rapids because of icy conditions.

Freezing rain is expected to end later Friday with snow developing. Forecasters expect 3 to 7 inches of snow for northern St. Louis, northern Itasca and Koochiching counties.

Augustyniak says that high temperatures will really plunge going into the weekend, with most of the seven-day forecast stalling out in the teens.

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