Blizzard warning issued for much of west central Minnesota until 4 a.m. Friday
A blizzard warning is now in effect for portions of west central Minnesota through 4 a.m. Friday morning.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has upgraded the winter storm warning to a blizzard warning for the counties of Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Stevens, Pope, Douglas and Todd.
Cities included in the blizzard warning include Canby, Montevideo, Appleton, Morris, Glenwood, Alexandria and Long Prairie.
North winds at 30 to 40 mph coupled with heavy snow will cause blizzard conditions with near zero visibility across west central Minnesota into the early hours of Friday.
Total snow accumulations will be in the 4 to 8 inch range with considerable blowing and drifting occurring.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Friday morning for the remainder of west central and central Minnesota. Some cities in the advisory area include Olivia, Litchfield, Willmar, St. Cloud, Cambridge and Mora. From 2 to 4 inches of snow may fall along a line from Montevideo to Willmar to Little Falls.
In addition, winter storm warning remain in effect for Friday and Friday night across west central Minnesota as a second low pressure system moves northward across Minnesota.
Snow will develop across west central Minnesota and portions of central Minnesota as a second low pressure system arrives from the Central Plains. Another half foot or better of snow is likely by Saturday morning west of a line from Redwood Falls to Litchfield to Little Falls. Increasing northwest winds Friday afternoon and evening will also lead to blowing and drifting.
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