Area residents should prepare for another round of winter storms this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for late tonight through Saturday night with up to a foot of snow possible for central and northern Minnesota.
Dean Packingham, NWS meteorologist in Duluth, said the storm will come in two chunks -- one tonight and Saturday morning and another Saturday night through Sunday morning.
Though the storm has the potential to drop a foot of snow on the area, it is still too early to estimate a more precise amount.
"But we agree that the general area is going to get a lot of snow," Packingham said.
Wind also will increase Saturday, with speeds predicted up to 20 mph. The NWS is also reporting the possibility for sleet in the Brainerd area, and freezing rain for areas to the south.
The NWS advises people to keep batteries, flashlights, candles and food requiring no heating or refrigeration on hand in case of power failure.
Also, the NWS advises motorists to be equipped for the worst if driving when conditions might turn bad.
Tips include keeping the gas tank full and avoiding traveling alone, carrying along a winter storm survival kit that includes extra clothing, blankets and a snow shovel. Other smaller items, such as matches, candles, high energy foods, knife and a flashlight, can be kept in a coffee can with a plastic lid.
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