A very complex pattern will set up over the northern Plains the next couple of days.

One piece of energy will give chances for rain showers tonight into Wednesday, with the risk for a period of freezing rain early Wednesday in far northwestern Minnesota.

A stronger system is forecast to move east into South Dakota and then northeast into northwestern Minnesota Thursday. As it does colder air will be drawn in on the west side of the system with warmer air to the east. Rain and snow will occur with this system late Wednesday night into Thursday, with mostly snow for Thursday night ending on Friday. There remains much uncertainty regarding temperatures during the precipitation event as they will vary greatly across the area. But the threat is there for significant rain and snow.

Impacts to travel may occur and also this precipitation could aggravate flooding concerns.