La Crosse, WI (KROC AM News) - The nice weather that was experienced in southeast Minnesota Saturday is being replaced by a winter storm that is expected to leave the region covered in a blanket of snow.

The National Weather Service has upgraded a winter storm watch to a warning that will be in effect through Monday morning for the region.

Snowfall totals are expected to range from a few inches closer to the Iowa border to as much as 10 inches or more in a band that includes Faribault, Owatonna, and Rochester. Strong winds and heavy snow will impact travelers and could lead to scattered downed power lines.

Here is the latest information from the National Weather Service:

Snow will fall across the area today into Monday, beginning this morning across southeast Minnesota and north-central Wisconsin. The snow will then slowly spread south and east across the rest of the area this afternoon and evening. A band of heavy snow with accumulations of 5 to 10 inches is expected to stretch from north-central Iowa across southeast Minnesota into north-central Wisconsin. Within this area, the snow may fall at a rate of 1 inch or more per hour this afternoon into early this evening. A a few rumbles of thunder are also possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will create areas of blowing snow this afternoon into Monday. Near whiteout conditions are possible at times, especially as the snow falls heaviest this afternoon and early evening.This snow will be heavy and wet. Stay hydrated and take frequent breaks while shoveling and avoid overexertion. In addition, the heavy snow could cause problems for temporary tents and may lead to some tree damage and power outages.

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