The National Weather Service in Chanhassen puts the odds of an inch of snow or more in Mankato by early Sunday morning at 96 percent, and forecasters say the expected amount in the area is at 11 inches…and put the high end amount at 18. On the optimistic side, four inches could fall.

Hail was reported Friday morning along a line of severe thunderstorms in Brown and Watonwan Counties, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. There was a report of pea-sized hail in New Ulm and a mix of rain and snow in St. Peter.

It’s expected to rain throughout much of the day, and meteorologists say another thunderstorm is possible early this afternoon. It’s expected to switch over to a wintery mix tonight. White out conditions, blowing and drifting snow, and wind gusts at about 50 miles per hour are expected.

Mankato is under a winter storm warning as of 1:00 Saturday morning, and a blizzard warning will be enacted in areas just to the west.