WILLMAR -- A double dose of winter weather is expected to arrive in west central Minnesota later this week and may affect New Year's holiday plans.
According to the National Weather Service, light freezing rain and drizzle is expected to begin after midnight Wednesday night and may change over to rain by Thursday afternoon. The ice accumulation could be 0.20 inch.
The area that can expect freezing rain includes all of west central and southwest Minnesota to the South Dakota and Iowa borders, the Twin Cities metro area and northward into central Minnesota.
The second round of weather is expected to begin early Friday morning with freezing drizzle turning to snow during the day. At this point, forecasters are predicting a few inches of snow, but with some accompanying winds.
The local forecast for Willmar includes a 40 percent chance of freezing rain early Thursday morning, with overnight lows around 26 degrees and south southeast winds from 13 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Thursday's forecast includes rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain and a high temperature of 35 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Friday calls for a 60-percent chance of snow and a high near 24.