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Snow hampers driving on Christmas Eve; windy day in forecast for Thursday

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WILLMAR — No serious crashes were reported, but a Christmas Eve snowfall led to difficult driving conditions Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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Willmar Police and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to several reports of vehicles that had gone into the ditch.

Despite its unwelcome timing, the winter storm was brief. Snowfall in most of west central Minnesota, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Swift counties, ranged from 1 to 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service. At the Willmar Municipal Airport, the unofficial measurement was 1.9 inches.

Amounts were higher to the south and west, with Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties receiving about 4 inches of snow.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued for Thursday as strong winds follow the storm front. Areas of blowing snow are expected, which may reduce visibility in open areas. Among the counties included in the forecast are Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

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