Storm expected to bring heavy rain and snow to Northern California

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There is some uncertainty, the weather service said in its first email blast Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Snow will taper off during the afternoon and winds will lighten up which will help to improve any visibility issues.

Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations up to a quarter-inch are possible.

"Moderate to heavy snow will affect portions of northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, along with a window of a wintry mix of drizzle/freezing drizzle, sleet or rain/freezing rain at the onset of this storm", the National Weather Service reported.

A south wind will be 9 to 16 miles per hour, gusting to as high as 24 miles per hour.

Winds will also play a major factor in the storm system.

Thursday night: A 50 percent chance of snow before 1 a.m., low around 15.

According to NWS, accumulations of ice and snow could possibly create hazardous travel. Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible. This will continue into the early afternoon Thursday as both temperatures and wind chills plummet.

Several rain showers are expected Thursday night into Friday. Blowing snow and blizzard conditions possible in these areas. Those with travel plans across the area should pay close attention to later forecasts as snow amounts and location could change.WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

"While the highest rainfall amounts are now expected to occur just offshore, this may change over the next few days", the NWS email blast said.