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Snowfall of 6 to 10 inches forecast in central, southern Minn.

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WILLMAR — The winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until noon Tuesday as forecasters expect up to 10 inches of snow to fall across much of Minnesota.

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The winter storm is expected to wane for a period today before a second wave of snowfall begins tonight and continues through Tuesday morning. Isolated areas could get a total of a foot of snow, depending on where the primary snow bands set up.

The winter storm warning is in effect for a wide band of the upper Midwest from the far northeastern corner of Montana, across North Dakota, diagonally across Minnesota and into western Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. A winter storm watch is in effect for southwestern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota including the counties south of the Minnesota River.

The localized forecast for Willmar includes 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight, followed by 1 to 3 inches falling today. Wind gusts are expected to 25 mph today, with sustained east southeast winds from 10 to 15 mph.

The snowfall will pick up overnight tonight with 2 to 4 more inches expected. The wind will pick back up on Tuesday, with gusts to 25 mph, as snowfall potential diminishes to less than an inch.

The weather service notes that significant amounts of snow will make travel dangerous and urge travel only in emergency situations. Those traveling are urged to keep emergency supplies in their vehicle.

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