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Schools cancel classes; 5 to 7 inches of snow still expected

Schools in the area are canceling classes today as a snowstorm is expected to move into the area.

Albert Lea Area Schools, Alden-Conger Schools, Glenville-Emmons Schools, Northwood-Kensett Schools, Lake Mills Community Schools and United South Central Schools have canceled thus far.

Most of northern Iowa and south-central Minnesota, including Freeborn County, are under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service. Blue Earth, Waseca and Steele counties are under a winter weather advisory.

The storm is expected to bring accumulating snow into the evening, with the heaviest snow expected across south central Minnesota near and south of the Interstate 90 corridor. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches are expected in Faribault and Freeborn counties, and 3 to 5 inches are expected north of the Interstate 90 corridor.

Snow could fall at near 1 inch per hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the weather agency. Minimal blowing snow is expected.

People should plan on difficult travel conditions and reductions in visibility at times.

The storm warning remains in effect through 1 a.m.