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Storm takes aim at Midwest
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A big winter storm that brought floods, mudslides and 70 mph winds to California, Arizona and New Mexico on Thursday is aiming at the Midwest for the weekend, but forecasters still aren't sure if it will bring mostly rain or mostly snow.

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This system will likely bring a period of freezing rain to the region tonight and early Saturday, according to National Weather Service reports.

Uncertainty remains with this system regarding precipitation for the remainder of Saturday and Sunday. Across western areas of Minnesota, a continued threat for mixed precipitation exists, including freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Senior meteorologist Dave Kellenbenz says the best chance for freezing rain is along and south of Interstate 94, with chances diminishing toward North Dakota.

In the Red River Valley, travel could be "difficult to impossible" this weekend as the winter storm threatens to dump 8 to 14 inches of mixed precipitation on the region.

Areas to the west, such as eastern North Dakota, are expected to see heavy snowfall because colder temperatures will hit there earlier.

Areas to the south, such as the Twin Cities, are likely to see only rain, freezing rain and light snow by Sunday.

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