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Winter storm warning expanded to include west central Minn.

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The National Weather Service has expanded its winter storm warning today to include parts of west central and central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

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The winter storm warning is north of a line from Montevideo, Willmar and St. Cloud in central Minnesota and White Bear Lake north of the Twin Cities. The warning includes part or all of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Stearns and Swift counties.

The Weather Service said snow will develop and intensify overnight and persist through Wednesday. Winter storm warnings remain in effect until Wednesday evening.

Snowfall totals by Wednesday evening could total 6 to 10 inches. The snow will diminish over the area Wednesday night as a low-pressure system moves east, the Weather Service said.

In the Willmar area, rain is expected today until 10 p.m., changing to a mixture of rain, snow and sleet between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. and snow after 1 a.m. New snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible overnight. Wednesday will be blustery, with a high of 30 and additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow.

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