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Wind advisory this afternoon, gusts to 45 mph

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WILLMAR — Hold onto your hat, strong winds are expected this afternoon in west central Minnesota.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 1 to 7 p.m. tonight along and west of a line from Alexandria to Willmar to New Ulm and Blue Earth.

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Sustained wind speeds are expected to be between 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

The wind conditions will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

The local forecast for Willmar calls for a chance of rain and sleet before 10 a.m. and then a slight chance of rain. The high temp is expected around 40 with winds from 20 to 30 with gusts to 40 mph.

It will be cold and blustery tonight, with a low around 10 degrees and winds continuing, with gusts to 35 mph.

Saturday’s high temp is expected to be 21 degrees with north northwest winds around 15 mph.

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