Forecasters expect as much as 10 inches of snow to complicate travel in far southeastern Minnesota.
Sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph are expected to whip up blizzard conditions. A blizzard warning for Olmsted, Winona, Mower, Fillmore and Houston counties is in effect until midnight.
The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 10 inches of snow across southeastern Minnesota.
Students in the Albert Lea and Rochester school districts are among dozens calling off classes Thursday. The storm also canceled a variety of community and religious events in the region, including `taco night' at the American Legion in Wabasha.