The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for areas of Minnesota along and southwest of a line from Morris to Faribault.
A winter storm warning is in effect for areas north and east of the line.
Heavy snow is expected to develop across west central Minnesota this evening and expand eastward through the night.
Areas south of a Montevideo to Faribault line could get freezing rain in the night before switching over to all snow early Saturday.
Snowfall amounts between 7 and 14 inches are expected in the warning area, with the deepest snow expected from near Hutchinson across the Twin Cities area to west central Wisconsin.
In west central and south central Minnesota, snow totals of 5 to 7 inches are expected.
Winds are expected to strengthen Saturday, with sustained wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 45 mph.
Blizzard conditions are expected in some areas. Expect blowing and drifting snow and limited visibility.
The snow will taper off Saturday afternoon and evening, but continued windy conditions and plummeting temperatures will result in dangerous wind chills of 20 below to 35 below.
The low tonight is expected to be in the single digits, with wind chills of zero to 10 below.
On Saturday, temperatures are expected to fall throughout the afternoon, with a low Saturday night around 14 below.
On Sunday, winds will be milder, but the high temperature is expected to be zero or colder.