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Snow again in the forecast for today and Monday night

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A winter storm is now imminent later today and into night as a projected heavy snow band shifts north and intensified. This storm will impact parts of west central Minnesota.

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A low pressure system will track from the Southern Plains into southwest Wisconsin by midnight tonight. Precipitation will spread over the region from the southwest today, which will become all snow this afternoon and early evening.

A period of heavy snow is forecast from latest this afternoon into the early overnight within 40 miles of a line from New Ulm to the Twin Cities Metro toward Hayward, Wis.

A winter storm warning is in effect for those areas this afternoon through tonight. This includes McLeod, Meeker, Redwood, Renville and Wright counties in west central Minnesota.

The snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely and isolated thunderstorms are also possible in the main heavy snow ban. Total amounts of 6 to 9 inches are expected along that line, with the heaviest amounts from the Twin Cities and northeast into Wisconsin. North winds of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts of 30 mph, will create blowing and drifting snow tonight.

A winter weather advisory is in effort for the rest of west central Minnesota, with a forecast of 3 to 6 inches of snow along a line from Canby to Little Falls and along a line from Blue Earth toward Bloomer, Wis.

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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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