WILLMAR – Just when you thought it might be safe to get out the flower pots and grill it looks like yet another snow storm could be hitting the state by mid-week.

The National Weather Service says a “significant winter storm” is expected to hit western and southwestern Minnesota.

Initial predictions call more than 10 inches of snow possible.

A winter storm watch is currently in place for Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon.

According to the latest forecast, the storm system will move across the region – including Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Swift, Renville, Meeker, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties – by mid- to late-week and bring chances for rain, snow and strong winds.

The rain is expected to begin Wednesday morning and transition to a mix of rain, snow and sleet late Wednesday morning.

Moderate to heavy snow is likely to arrive Wednesday evening. Along with the heavy snow wind gusts of 35-40 mph are expected Thursday that could lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow, which could make travel tricky.

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions will be possible.

Snowfall will taper off and winds should subside Friday morning.

Check back with wctrib.com for updates on the forecast as more information becomes available from the National Weather Service.