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Snow was beginning to blow Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 12 between Murdock and Kerkhoven. Submitted photo by Jannet Walsh

State Patrol advises no unnecessary travel tonight in western Minnesota

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State Patrol advises no unnecessary travel tonight in western Minnesota
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The Minnesota State Patrol is advising no uncessary travel after 6 p.m. tonight in western Minnesota.

Visibility is already poor in much of western Minnesota and it is expected to deteriorate as the night progresses.

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If one must travel, drivers are encouraged to have a winter survival kit in their vehicle.

A blizzard warning is now in effect for Thursday in west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

A powerful Arctic cold front will move southeast across Minnesota Thursday morning.

The Weather Service said confidence is high that winds of 35 to 40 mph, with gusts in excess of 50 mph, will cause signficant blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions.

The blizzard warning is generally west of a line from Alexandria to Paynesville to Hutchinson and Owatonna.

 

A Minnesota State Patrol captain tweeted this photo late Thursday afternoon from a western Minnesota location.
 
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