A slow moving system is forecast to bring a prolonged period of snow to the northland Thursday, Jan. 14, into Friday night, Jan. 15, and the Brainerd lakes area could see 4 inches or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

A brief period of freezing rain as precipitation starts may lead to minor icing in spots, and multiple commutes starting Thursday morning will be impacted by this system, the weather said.

Precipitation is forecast to begin Wednesday night with a brief period of freezing rain possible before turning over to all snow. Snow is forecast to continue Thursday and Friday before ending Friday night.

The weather service said the track of the system remains in question, which may affect where the highest snowfall totals will occur.

has announced that the lakes area may see accumulating snowfall that would affect commuters Thursday and Friday, beginning with freezing rain on Wednesday night. Roads may become slick due to the early freezing rain ahead of the snow, but the worst conditions are expected Thursday and Friday.

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Where the highest snowfalls may occur is still unpredictable, but there is a good chance sections of the region may see four inches or more of snow from this slow moving system.