Update: Heaviest snow south of Interstate 94, north of Minnesota River
Update 4:15 p.m.
West central Minnesota is squarely in the middle of the area of heaviest snowfall in today's storm, according to the National Weather Service.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall south and west of Interstate 94 and north and east of the Minnesota River Valley.
A winter storm warning is in effect through midnight. Snowfall is expected to range from 5 to 8 inches, with more falling in some areas.
Blowing wind could cause visibility of less than a mile, and no unnecessary travel is advised. Those who do travel are urged to have food, water and winter survival gear in their vehicles.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use extreme caution in southwest Minnesota due to heavy snow and reduced visibility when meeting vehicles.
Update 2 p.m.: Schools closing early, heavy snow across west central Minnesota
Several area schools began closing early today, as heavy snow fell across west central Minnesota.
A winter storm warning will remain in effect until midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Late morning predictions from the Weather Service indicated that 5 to 7 inches of snow could fall this afternoon and evening with higher amounts in some areas.
The Weather Service warns of severe winter weather conditions and dangerous travel during this storm.
The Benson, Central Minnesota Christian School, Clarkfield Charter, Echo Charter and Yellow Medicine East schools closed early. Minnesota West Community and Technical College closed its Granite Falls campus and its Redwood Learning Center at noon.