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Strong winds developing on New Year's Eve in west central Minn., spreading across the state

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- A deep area of low pressure and a strong cold front will sweep

eastward Saturday across Minnesota to the Lake Superior region by

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early Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Strong northwest winds of 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph will be possible over west central and southwestern Minnesota, developing after 3 p.m. Saturday. This will spread east over central and southern Minnesota into west central Wisconsin through saturday evening as the weather system moves east. The strong winds will continue through the day on Sunday as well.

A wind advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday. Winds will only very slowly diminish during the night Sunday and into Monday.

The Weather Service says unsecured lawn ornaments and lightweight objects left outdoors will be blown around. Small branches may be snapped causing power outages, and high-profile and lightweight vehicles will be buffeted by the high winds.

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