Winter advisory, storm watch issued; heavy snow possible
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.
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.