Blue Earth and the surrounding counties are bracing for a weekend winter storm that could first bring a coating of ice and then as much as six inches of snow.

Meteorologist Megan Mulford explained that they’ve been tracking the storm for several days and are now certain that it will impact southern Minnesota and, “The only thing that we’re kind of uncertain with is when that mixed precipitation is going to change on over into snow.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch and Mulford said it, “Goes into effect tomorrow morning. We’re going to see a wintery mix, a little bit of some freezing rain/snow/sleet. It looks like that’s going to change on over into snow sometime during the midday into the afternoon hours.

She said the possible snowfall amount right now is a bit variable and, “I would say anywhere from three to four; if it does become heavy it looks like we could see accumulations more into the five to six area. So just be wary of that. I would advise not traveling tomorrow into tomorrow night.”

Mulford adds that winds could gust as high as 35 mph.