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Strong winds bringing winter back in a hurry to west central Minnesota on Saturday

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WILLMAR -- Winter is on its way back in a hurry.

Blustery conditions are expected throughout the region on Saturday, with winds strong enough to snap small branches expected in western Minnesota.

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Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to around 45 mph are expected in the area. Winds should begin picking up around 9 a.m. on Saturday and intensify through the day, but diminish to 17 to 20 miles mph during the evening, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

There's also a chance for patchy, blowing snow. Less than a half inch of new snow accumulation is possible.

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