A blizzard warning is in effect for south-central Minnesota through midnight.

Meteorologist Chris O’Brien with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen said just another inch or two of snow is expected Thursday afternoon in areas that include Mankato, Owatonna, and points south.

“But the bad thing is going to be the wind,” he said, “It’s really going to pick up and the blizzard conditions will hit this afternoon, with the wind blowing everything around.”

With more than 13 inches of snowfall recorded at the KTOE weather station in the past two days, most of it light and fluffy, and more than 15 inches on the ground there is plenty of it to blow and swirl.

How high does he expect those winds to get? “Sustained to 30 and gusting to nearly 40, O’Brien said.

A wind chill advisory also goes into effect Thursday night and O’Brien said it will feel like 30 below to 35 below zero.

His advice is to, “Just stay in and let the weather pass.” O’Brien adds that people that must travel should have a winter survival kit, and to stay in their vehicle if they become stranded.