The first winter storm of the new year is expected to impact Minnesota over the next two days, dropping between six and nine inches in some places. National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Dye says an early wintry mix will change to snow later today.

“We might pick up a quick inch or so Thursday depending on how quickly things change over Thursday morning, the snow doesn’t really get started until later in the day Thursday through Friday.”

Dye says gusty winds will also be a factor in this storm, especially in Western Minnesota as top-end speeds could hit 45 miles an hour overnight tonight.