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Blowing snow hampered visibility on area roadways throughout the weekend. The District 8 office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Willmar advised no travel on Saturday, and driving conditions in the region were described by MnDOT as "very difficult" on Sunday. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Winter storm, winds slam area over weekend

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Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- High winds and subzero wind chills made for treacherous driving conditions throughout the region on Saturday and Sunday, but law enforcement officers reported no major problems in the area.

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Winds gusts of more than 30 miles-per-hour created near white-out conditions through the day Sunday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation described driving conditions as "very difficult" and advised against travel. MnDOT plows kept highways open, but counties in the region pulled their plows Sunday afternoon.

Snow amounts from the Saturday storm ranged from 4 inches in Willmar to 5.5 inches in Redwood Falls, according to the National Weather Service.

The blowing snow and drifting caused a number of vehicles to slide into ditches. The Renville County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday afternoon that one vehicle had gotten stuck in a snow drift on a county road in the southern corner of the county.

The Sheriff's Office in Chippewa County reported that snow drifts were filling in many county roads Sunday evening, but that winds were abating.

Conditions in Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties were reported to be similar, with visibility described as very poor due to the blowing snow.

Low temperatures between - 10 to - 20 were expected this morning.

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