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Far west central Minnesota under winter storm warning now, blizzard warning begins at midnight

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Much of far west central Minnesota, west of Kandiyohi County, remains under a winter storm warning until midnight tonight as snow and blowing snow continues through Friday, following by frigid wind chills.

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The far west central Minnesota forecast has been upgraded to a blizzard warning at midnight Friday as winds increase, according to the National Weather Service.

This warning area includes Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Big Stone, Stevens, Pope and Douglas counties. The warning area also extends into the Red River Valley, South and North Dakota.

Heavy snow began fall in the mid afternoon hours across much of far west central Minnesota, especially west of a line Morris to Montevideo to the Marshall area. North winds gusting to 30 mph were also causing blowing and drifting snow.

Several more inches of snow are expected through this afternoon and evening, especially near the Minnesota-Dakota border. Wind are expected to become a bit stronger by midnight and into Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for far west central Minnesota for midnight when the winds increase, with wind chills by morning likely to be 25 to 35 below zero.

For the area from Redwood Falls through Willmar to Litchfield to Little Falls and Mora, the winter storm warning has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, by the National Weather Service. Snow amounts are expected to be generally in the 1 to 4 inch range, with most of this accumulating late this afternoon and into the mid evening hours. Blowing wind will also cause some blowing and drifting conditions. Wind chills by Saturday morning will reach 25 below.

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