MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A fast-moving Alberta clipper system is expected to drop light snow on the Twin Cities during the Thursday morning commute.

Overnight, the system moved into north-central Minnesota, where a number of counties are under a winter weather advisory. The National Weather Service says snowfall rates of up to a half inch per hour are possible.

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While the Twin Cities metro is just outside the advisory, the system looks to hit the metro area starting around 7 a.m. and continue through the end of the morning rush.

Meteorologist Riley O’Connor says accumulations in the Twin Cities won’t likely top 2 inches, but could be enough to affect travel.

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More snow is stacking up north of Interstate 94. Already, WCCO Weather Watchers in St. Cloud have reported more than 2 inches on the ground.

The National Weather Service says up to four inches of snow could fall in counties under the winter weather advisory, which stretches in a line from Little Falls to western Wisconsin and down to Red Wing. The system is expected to move out of Minnesota by noon.

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Looking forward, more light snow looks to fall across Minnesota on Friday.