Stevens County Emergency Management has issued a weather alert because of potentially dangerous blowing snow and cold temperatures.
The Morris Area School District also dismissed students at 1 p.m. on Wednesday because of deteriorating weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning is in effect for West Central Minnesota through 6 p.m. Thursday.
As much as six to eight inches of fluffy snow is expected by late Wednesday night, and wind gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour could cause significant blowing and drifting snow.
Temperatures also are expected to plummet, causing dangerous wind chills.
To receive emergency alerts from Stevens County via phone, mobile phone or email through the Instant Alert Plus system, contact Dona Greiner, Emergency Management Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up at www.envoyprofiles.com/STEVENSCOUNTY/