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An employee with the city of Willmar blows snow into a trucks Wednesday as crews minimize the snowbanks on First Street. The December snowfalls have created snowbanks that in some parts of the city are 5 feet high. Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan

Winter advisory, storm watch issued; heavy snow possible

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WILLMAR -- Portions of west central and southwestern Minnesota will receive a one-two punch of winter weather today and Friday.

The two rounds will likely include fog, freezing rain and drizzle, and snow.

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The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a winter weather advisory for west central and southwest Minnesota from 3 a.m. this morning into 6 p.m. tonight. This advisory includes the counties of Pope, Stevens, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine.

This same area is under a winter storm watch for Friday.

The freezing drizzle is expected to begin between midnight and 3 a.m. and may be accompanied by snow. Expect 1 to 4 inches of snow and 0.10 to 0.20 accumulation of ice.

The weather service expects a break between the storms before moderate to heavy snow Friday. Between 6 to 10 inches is possible.

The ice and snow may make travel difficult today. Winds are expected to be gusty, and cause blowing and drifting snow Friday night.

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