A winter storm warning has been issued for much of east central through southern Minnesota, including the Mankato area, starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday evening.

WeatherEye Meteorologist Megan Mulford said, “We’ll start to see that snow during the late-night, overnight hours and we’ll see temperatures rising from 11. During that time, we’ll see accumulations of two-to-four inches. Definitely, that morning commute is going to tough.”

The warning goes into effect at midnight.

She added that during the day on Wednesday, conditions are expected to get even worse and, “We’ll continue with snow showers, heavy at times. We’ll see new snow accumulation of three to seven inches. We’ll see highs right around 27.”

The snow could come down at rates around 1 inch per hour, Mulford said.

Snowfall will diminish Wednesday afternoon and evening but the she said it will likely still impact the evening rush.

More snow is expected on Friday.