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Willmar, Minn., area likely to get up to 8 inches of snow

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WILLMAR — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. today until 10 a.m. Friday for much of central, west central and southwestern Minnesota.

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The storm system is expected to drop between 6 to 8 inches of snow across those portions of the state, with 2 to 5 inches expected in south and east central Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The Weather Service notes that there is a bit of uncertainty about the timing and location of the heaviest snows.

The winter storm warning replaces a winter storm watch issued earlier for the region.

Today’s local forecast for Willmar calls for 3 to 5 more inches of snow, a high temperature around 35 degrees with 20-25 mph winds gusting to 40 mph.

Tonight’s forecast includes 1 to 3 more inches of snow, a low temperature around 28 degrees and winds remaining 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

Friday’s forecast includes a 30-percent change of snow before 7 a.m. and then cloudy to mostly sunny skies with a high around 36 degrees. The gusty winds are expected to cause dangerous travel conditions.

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