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Blowing snow along Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar this morning made driving challenging at times. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange.

Road conditions are difficult, winter advisory to 4 p.m. in region

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WILLMAR — Road conditions in much of west central Minnesota have deteriorated, making driving difficult because of drifting snow, reduced visibility and icy patches on many of the region’s highways.

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According to the 511mn.org website by the State Department of Transportation, the difficult conditions include State Highway 23 from Hanley Falls north and U.S. Highway 71 from State Highway 7 north.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. today for much of west central and southwestern Minnesota. A blizzard warning includes Big Stone County and Traverse counties in Minnesota and several counties across the border into South Dakota.

The winds, created by an arctic front, will include gusts from 45 to 50 mph this morning before they diminish later this afternoon. The weather service asks citizens to use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.

According to Operation Snow Desk, the schools in Minnewaska and Morris Area are closed, along with the Renville County Landfill.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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