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Region faces potential winter storm this weekend

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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The National Weather Service is eyeing a strong winter storm system that could hit western Minnesota and South Dakota this weekend and early next week.

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Weather officials said this morning that the system looks increasingly likely to bring significant snowfall and windy conditions, starting Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday and into Monday morning.

Areas of the heaviest snowfall will depend on the timing and track of the storm system. According to weather officials, west central Minnesota and central and eastern South Dakota are the most likely to take the brunt of the storm, but shifts in both the timing and track of this winter weather system are still possible. The Weather Service's forecast includes Traverse and Big Stone Counties and the cities of Wheaton and Ortonville.

Those traveling across the Dakotas and Minnesota this weekend are urged to be prepared for the possibility of encountering hazardous winter driving conditions.

Meanwhile, a winter weather advisory is in effect today in far southeastern Minnesota, where light freezing drizzle and fog are reported.

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