The most recent forecasting models suggest the heaviest snow from an approaching storm system will fall north of the Rochester area, but this region is still expecting a messy mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. The National Weather Service has now posted winter storm warnings for southwest, central, and east-central Minnesota from early Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. At this point, the heaviest snow is predicted to fall along a line from Redwood Falls and New Ulm to an area just north of the Twin Cities. Forecasters say those areas could see over a foot of snow by the time the storm ends on Friday. The southeast corner of the state is under a winter storm watch because of the possibility of significant icing and heavy snow, depending on the temperature.