Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - As predicted, a major winter storm has slammed southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and western Wisconsin.

Snow began falling Thursday night and intensified early Friday with several inches reported in Rochester and elsewhere. A report from southeast Olmsted County indicated more than 11 inches had fallen as of 4 a.m. Several more inches could fall before the storm winds down Friday night. Strong winds will create blizzard conditions across the region through the day, which will produce drifting and blowing snow.

MNDOT is advising against any travel at this time. As of 5 a.m., most of the streets in Rochester had not been plowed although major routes were in fair condition. Rochester Public Transit has cancelled all operations until conditions improve.

Rochester’s official snowfall total though midnight was 3.8 inches, barely missing the record of 4 inches for the date. The record for Friday’s date is also four inches and has probably already been broken.

Schools and numerous businesses and other services are closed.

Check krocam.com for the latest information.

Here is the latest storm info from the National Weather Service.

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