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Residents can expect 6 to 8 inches of snow accumulation Friday

Dakota County, as well as nearby counties, will be under a winter storm warning Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a winter storm that could bring between six to eight inches of snow.

Snow is expected to begin Friday morning and continue until Saturday morning, according to the NWS.

The winter storm watch predicts heavy snow Friday afternoon and evening that could make traveling difficult and make the evening commute hazardous. 

The City of Hastings released a reminder Thursday that the city’s Snow Emergency Policy automatically goes into effect after two inches of snow have accumulated.

With the National Weather Service predicting six to eight inches of snow Friday, the city’s Snow Emergency will likely go into effect tomorrow.

The emergency policy calls for all cars to be parked off of the road to allow for adequate snow removal from plows.

Cars that are in violation of the policy may be ticketed and towed. The cost of a Snow Emergency parking violation is $77.

 All Hastings public schools will close early Friday in anticipation of the snow storm.

Students in Hastings High School, Middle School and Pinecrest Elementary will be released at 12 p.m. Friday.

Students at Kennedy and McAuliffe Elementary will be released at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at


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