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Bracing for up to foot of snow


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hundreds of snowplows are on the roads in Minnesota as the first big snowstorm of the season moves into the state.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jessica Wiens says the Albert Lea area is forecast to get about 14 inches by Wednesday afternoon while Rochester gets 16 inches.

However she says that's not the worst of it. Gusting winds are now forecast to cause whiteout conditions around the Interstate 35-Interstate 90 intersection Wednesday morning.

She says there are no current plans to pull the 100 plows from MnDOT's southeastern districts off the roads if that happens, but it's a possibility.

MnDOT crews in the Twin Cities are also on the road, mostly spreading salt to discourage ice from forming when the worst of the storm hits Tuesday night.

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