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Blizzard watch issued for western Minnesota on Sunday

Blowing and drifting snow will make travel treacherous Sunday in west central Minnesota.

Parts of far western Minnesota are in a blizzard watch from Sunday morning through late Sunday night, including the cities of Morris, Madison, Benson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.

A winter storm watch is in effect for the rest of west central Minnesota, including the Willmar area, Litchfield and Olivia, for Sunday and Sunday night.

The National Weather Service says travel is expected to become dangerous or even impossible Sunday and Sunday night in west central Minnesota. Though winds will be lighter and snowfall amounts somewhat less into central Minnesota, significant blowing and drifting will occur.

According to the Weather Service, a strong low pressure system will bring a cold front through western Minnesota on Sunday morning.

A mix of rain, snow, sleet and some light freezing rain is expected early Sunday morning before changing to snow through the morning.

Moderate to occasionally heavy snowfall is expected into Sunday evening. Snow accumulation of 2 to as much as 6 inches is possible by late Sunday evening.

Northwesterly winds will increase to between 25 and 35 mph with gusts over 40 mph possible at times. This will combine with the snowfall to reduce visibilities to less than a quarter-mile at times as well as create significant blowing and drifting of snow.

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