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Freezing drizzle possible in Willmar, Minn., region this morning

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WILLMAR -- Patchy light freezing drizzle is possible through 9 a.m. this morning in Willmar and the reason. The National Weather Service warns that untreated roads, overpasses and bridges will be the first to freeze and drivers should use caution this morning.

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Driving conditions in the region currently are fair with scattered icy patches, according to 511mn.org, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s traffic and road conditions website.

Other parts of the state are under a freezing rain advisory, and there is an ice storm advisory in the far north where freezing rain overnight has coated trees, decks, sidewalks and other untreated surfaces with a thick glaze of ice. Some roads there are reported to be hazardous because of ice buildup.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports many icy roads in Northeastern Minnesota, especially in areas north and west of Duluth. The Wisconsin DOT reports some ice-covered highways in Northwestern Wisconsin. (See the Duluth News Tribune report.)

While areas along the Iron Range prepare for heavy snow, the Willmar region is expected to have only light snow Saturday. A strong cold front will move through overnight, the Weather Service says, and strong southwest to west winds of 20 to 35 mph will develop and create wind chills well below zero by Saturday morning.

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