Strong winds this afternoon and then snow forecast for west central Minnesota
A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for west central and southern Minnesota for today.
A deep low pressure center located over Nebraska this morning is expected to move toward south central and southwest Minnesota this afternoon.
Widely scatter thunderstorms will be possible today as a strong low pressure system moves across southern Minnesota.
There is a moderate risk for severe weather in southeast Minnesota.
Strong northwest winds from 30 to 49 mph with gusts to 40 mph will develop later tonight as the low moves east. An inch or two of wet snow is possible across central Minnesota late tonight.
Freezing temperatures are possible over much of the region Monday night.
The Willmar forecast is:
Today: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. High near 61. East wind between 13 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight: Rain showers before 1am, then rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 34. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 10 to 13 mph increasing to between 26 and 29 mph. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Monday: A slight chance of rain and snow before 1pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a north northwest wind between 16 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.