Major snow coming, Willmar on western edge of blast
WILLMAR — A major winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds, starting today, to the southeastern portion of the state.
The National Weather Service’s blizzard warning includes Mankato, Albert Lea, Rochester and Red Wing and reaches as far north and west as Sibley and Brown counties. As much as a foot of snow could fall in that area and the winds are expected to range from 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
Stearns, Meeker and Renville counties are in a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m. to noon Friday. In that area, snow will develop later this morning, with 3 to 5 inches of snow expected between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The winds are expected to pick up to 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph, this afternoon through Friday morning. The conditions will reduce visibility to a quarter to half mile or less in open areas.
In Willmar, the snow is expected to begin before noon with 1 to 3 inches expected today. The winds will pick up from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph. The high temperature is expected to be 32 degrees.
The snow is expected to continue to 9 p.m. tonight with a low temperature of 5 degrees and winds from 25 to 30 mph creating wind chills to 14 below zero.
Friday’s high temperature is expected to be around 15 degrees. Combined with 20 to 25 mph winds, the wind chills could reach 17 below zero.