Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A winter storm has remained on track for heavy snow to fall in southeast Minnesota on Friday and into Saturday morning.

"For Friday night, travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute."

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NWS Expecting Upwards of 8+ Inches of Snow for Parts of Southeast Minnesota

The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Watch in effect for much of the area as it forecasts between 3 to 5 inches of snow to fall during the day Friday and another 4 to 8 inches of snow possible Friday night into Saturday morning.

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A band of heavy snow is expected, and as of Thursday morning, forecasts are expecting 5 to 12 inches of snow. The National Weather Service is giving Rochester about a 64% chance of having 8+ inches of snow by the time the winter storm passes through.

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The Winter Storm Watch from the NWS says that morning snow on Friday could create tough traveling conditions throughout the day.

Slick Travel Conditions Possible Thursday Morning in Southeast MN and Northeast IA

The NWS wants commuters to know that a wintry mix could cause some slick traveling conditions in parts of Southeast Minnesota, but mainly in Northeast Iowa, for the Thursday morning commute.

Rochester's Sidewalk Snow Removal Rules (Scroll Slowly)

These are the snow removal laws in Rochester, Minnesota. They go for both homes and businesses. All of the information comes from here on the City of Rochester Website.

I say scroll slowly in the title because there's a lot of info here.