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Blizzard warning issued for Red River Valley over Christmas

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Red River Valley from early Christmas Day through noon Saturday.

The winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow remains in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. The blizzard warning then takes effect.

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The weather service, in a statement issued today, warned that a lull in snowfall - expected throughout the day - doesn't signal the storm is over.

A second and stronger wave of moisture is forecast to move through the region tonight and Christmas Day.

Increasing winds will result in blizzard conditions in the Red River Valley and west, the weather service said.

Additional snowfall accumulations from this afternoon through early Saturday are expected between 1 and 2 feet, with the highest amounts over far southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota.

The weather service said some areas could see 2 feet of snow and drifts even larger, according to the statement.

Numerous road closures are expected as travel today will be hazardous. By Friday morning, travel may become impossible due to heavy snow, wind and significant drifting.

Whiteout conditions, with northeast winds from 25 to 35 mph, are expected across the region, making travel dangerous.

The weather service said travel should be in emergencies only. Even then, motorists should carry an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle, and never leave a stranded vehicle.

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