MARSHALL (KMHL) – Forecasters aren’t exactly sure of the storm track yet, but it looks like the season’s first winter storm could hit the region just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for southwest Minnesota for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Forecasters are predicting between 6-to-8 inches of snow in the Marshall area, with winds that are expected to gust to 35 mph.

Forecasters say strong winds could cause blowing and drifting snow through Wednesday morning.

The weather service says snow will begin falling Tuesday morning, then intensify into the afternoon, with blowing and drifting snow likely to continue through Wednesday morning.