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Winter storm watch begins Sunday; Minnesota River Valley could see heaviest snowfall

WILLMAR – A winter storm watch is in effect for the Willmar region and a wide swath of western, central and southern Minnesota beginning Sunday evening.

Forecasters say the exact track of the coming storm is still uncertain, but the Minnesota River Valley could see heavy snow according to the current forecast.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities office in Chanhassen says there is still some variability as to where the storm will track, but at this point it appears that the heaviest snow will fall along the Minnesota River Valley, where 6 to 8 inches are possible. If the storm shifts farther north, the heaviest snow amounts will shift north also, the Weather Service says.

A powerful storm currently off the British Columbia coast will move southeast and spread snow over the Upper Midwest beginning Sunday night. The low-pressure storm system is expected to move southeast across the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota from Sunday night through Tuesday.

The winter storm watch statement says snowfall accumulations of 6 inches or more are possible in much of central and southern Minnesota, with the greatest threat for heavy snow currently along and west of a line from Long Prairie to Albert Lea.

Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email: news@wctrib.com.
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