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Storm watch in effect for west central Minnesota

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WILLMAR -- Forecasters are keeping their eyes on a storm that could deliver 6 to 12 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday in central Minnesota.

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The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen upgraded its storm watch Sunday evening to a blizzard watch for areas along and west of a line from Granite Falls to Staples.

An area of low pressure moving to the area from the Rockies will bring heavy snows to Minnesota during the day Tuesday. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible, with the snow continuing into Wednesday.

Forecasters caution that it is difficult to predict the storm track at this time. Current models show it delivering the heaviest snows along and north of Minnesota Highway 23, with the possibility of strong winds creating blizzard conditions in west central Minnesota.

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