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Snow continued to fall late Thursday morning on a street near the old airport in southwest Willmar. West central Minnesota is expected to get 5-9 inches of snow today and early Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Forecast: Snow and sleet to turn into moderate to heavy snow this evening

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Update: 1 p.m.

Snow fall mixed with sleet and rain at time has started across parts of west central Minnesota. This current weather system will transition to all snow from west to east this afternoon into tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

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A winter storm warning remains in effect for west central Minnesota through 10 a.m. Friday.

Moderate to heavy snow will continue today into this evening across west central, southwest and south central Minnesota.

Winds of 20 to 30 mph will accompany the falling snow and further reduce visibilities at times this afternoon and tonight.

Snowfall accumulations between 5 and 9 inches are expectinged generally northwest of a line from St. James to Minneapolis to Fredrice, Wis.

Lesser amounts in the 1 to 5 range are expected southeast of this line,k across portions of south central minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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