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Blizzard conditions persist in western, southwestern Minn.

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WILLMAR — The heaviest snowfall has ended, but blizzard conditions will persist early today in open areas of western and southwestern Minnesota, the National Weather Service says.

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Travel will continue to be very difficult or impossible in those areas, the Weather Service says.

While Willmar and much of central Minnesota is now in a winter weather advisory, a blizzard warning remains in effect until noon today for much of western Minnesota, including the Benson, Granite Falls, Montevideo and Olivia areas. Strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow, and white-out conditions are possible in open areas this morning.

Northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph, are forecast expected, the Weather Service says. Winds will subside this afternoon.

Travel is difficult at best in southwestern Minnesota this morning with blowing snow and slippery conditions reported in most areas, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511 Traffic and Road Conditions website, and in several areas of western Minnesota travel is not advised due to heavy snow, blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Check 511mn.org for the latest road conditions if attempting travel today.

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