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Major Snow Storm Still Heading Our Way; (2-5 Inches) For Much Of The Area.

(ABC 6 News) - No major changes have been made to the forecast from last night, but there’s a lot to talk about with this major storm heading our way.

We will see the on/off showers today, with a few heavier rain bands coming in later this afternoon, giving way to a few rumbles of thunder. Temperatures keep us pretty warm, so looks like mostly rain, until this evening.

However, once the sun goes down, temperatures will cool off, allowing for that rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow mix. This will last for a few hours, until 2 or 3 a.m. when we see the change to all-snow from west to east across the DMA.

Snow will pick up in intensity throughout the morning on Friday, with 1”/hour snowfall rates possible in the heaviest bands. Morning commute will be a little tricky, due to a little freezing rain before the snow, the wet/heavy snow itself, AND the winds that will be picking up out of the north, blowing the snow around = reducing visibility.

Southeastern MN/Northern IA Could See Another 7 Inches of Snow Friday.

(ABC 6 News) - ABC 6 News Stormtracker, Meteorologist Jim Peterson, says we could be in for some serious snow on Friday. It's still a early... but here's how things are shaping up for the moment. 

TONIGHT: Look for rain to arrive around 4 PM in IA, 7 PM ish in MN. Temperature profiles still too warm, so keeping as rain during this time. We get a gradual change to rain/snow overnight, w/ a little freezing rain coming into the picture closer to sunrise, as temperature profiles aloft warm up, while surface looks to stay just below the freezing point. This will linger into the morning commute, so expect a slick commute heading to work. Evening should again stay all-rain, maybe a little of a mix after the 10 pm show.

Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks Of Winter

(AP) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.

    

Monday Morning Weather Forecast

The latest weather forecast With Meteorologist Jim Peterson.

Additional School and Business Closures for Monday & Tuesday

More schools and businesses closed for Monday's weather. - MGN

(ABC 6 News) --- Additional school and businesses closures for Monday, January 6, 2014

1. Rochester Community and Technical College (UCR Campus) -- Closed/No Classes

  NOTE: Civic League Day Nursery at RCTC will be closed. Downtown location OPEN

2. Rochester Central Lutheran School -- school is closed

3. Rochester Elks Lodge #1091 -- Closed and Monday night Bingo is cancelled

4. Golden Tress Salon and Day Spa (Austin) -- closed until noon on Monday

5. Mason City Noon Rotary Club -- meeting is cancelled

6. Wehrenberg Theatres Galaxy 14 Cine (Rochester) -- closed at 6:00pm Sunday and closed all day on Monday.

7. Osage Just for Kix -- classes are cancelled

8. All Minnesota Public Schools -- Closed

9.  Flamingo Bingo - Rochester (Closed)

10SEMCAC All Operations - (Closed)

11.  All Minnesota Public Schools - (Closed)

Minnesota & Iowa In Deep Freeze

MINNESOTA:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A cold snap that that National Weather Service is calling "historic and dangerous" has arrived in Minnesota.
    
Temperatures were down to 8 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities area around midmorning Sunday, with wind chills in the mid to high 20 degrees below zero.
    
It's even colder in far northern Minnesota, where the weather service reported temperatures in the mid-20s below zero and wind chills in the high 30s to mid-40s below zero in several cities, and a wind chill of minus 50 at Flag Island near the northernmost tip of the state.
    
Forecasters say extremely cold temperatures are on tap for Sunday night with temperatures dipping to between 25 below and 40 below, and wind chills plummeting to between 55 below and 65 below overnight.

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Heavy Rainfall Causes Mudslides in Winona Area

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Heavy overnight rainfall caused some mudslides and flooding along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota.           

The Winona Daily News reports that a flood warning for the region is in effect for Saturday after some areas saw between 2 to 6 inches of rain.           

Mudslides trapped a semitrailer on Highway 61 early Saturday, and temporarily closed the highway in Winona County. But that roadway and others had all reopened by later Saturday morning.           

Michael Peterson of the Winona County Emergency Management tells the Star Tribune the shoulders of some county roads are damaged, and motorists should use caution. But he says flooding has subsided.