The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a winter weather advisory from Thursday morning, Jan. 14, to noon Saturday, Jan. 16, for an area that includes Crow Wing and Cass counties with 3-7 inches of snow possible.

The weather service estimated 5.5 inches of snow for Brainerd.

The weather service warned of a prolonged period of snow Thursday through Saturday with a brief period of freezing rain that may lead to minor icing Wednesday night, Jan. 13, into Thursday morning. Light freezing rain Thursday morning is expected to switch to snow by midday.

Snow is forecast to linger through Saturday with the heaviest accumulations Thursday night into Friday morning.

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Morning and evening commutes will be affected Thursday and Friday, the weather service said, adding the worst part of this storm should be Thursday evening to Friday morning, with blowing and drifting snow Friday morning.

This storm is expected to impact all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

The weather service shares the following winter driving safety tips:

  • Clear snow and ice from windows and lights.
  • Brake early. Leave twice the amount of room for stopping.
  • Don't use cruise control in wintry conditions.
  • Don't cut in front of other vehicles.
  • Take it slow. Delay travel if possible.