Heavy rain transitions to snow in parts of Minnesota Wednesday

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Heavy rain will continue to lift across Minnesota this evening with some of it transitioning into moderate to heavy snow.

This storm system will quickly leave the area by Thursday morning, leaving behind dry and windy conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory and a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for locations to the north of I-94 and along I-35 until Thursday morning.

Expect slow travel conditions as snow is already beginning to stick and accumulate.

As of just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, rain totals topped out at 1.29 inches in New Ulm, Minnesota. Close to that were the cities of Rochester (1.09 inches), Rice Lake, WI (1.06 inches), MSP Airport (1.05 inches), Fairmont (1.04 inches) and Princeton (0.62 inches). 

In Cook County, Minn. authorities announced some of the winter snowplow fleet had already been transitioned to spring operations, leaving just four or five plows operation for winter maintenance. 

"The Highway Department will respond to road conditions as efficiently and effectively as possible;" the county announced Wednesday. "However, some of the winter fleet has alreayd been transitioned to spring operations."