WILLMAR -- Schools are closing early and some regional sporting activities are being cancelled today ahead of a winter storm that's slowly moving into west central Minnesota.
Some parts of the region, including an area from Benson through Alexandria, are under a blizzard warning.
Much of the rest of west central Minnesota remains under a winter storm warning from this afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.
Tony Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, said wet snow is expected to start falling in Willmar around 4 p.m.
A "large area of precipitation" is currently lodged over the southeast half of South Dakota and is just south of a line from Redwood Falls to the northern edge of Hennepin County.
"It's slowly working its way here," said Zaleski. "It's slowly moving towards the northeast."
Zaleski predicts there will be moderate snow for much of tonight in west central Minnesota, with a total of 6-7 inches of heavy snow "before it's all over."
He said the snow will be wet and heavy and "pretty tough to shovel."
Tomorrow the snow will be lighter but winds will blow in the morning, which could cause travel issues.
The blowing snow is expected to end Wednesday afternoon, said Zaleski.
The snow shouldn't be around long.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s by Tuesday.
"Enjoy the snow while it lasts," said Zaleski. "Most of it will be gone by next week."