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Snow and freezing rain expected to continue through holiday weekend

As shown on this map from the National Weather Service, most of central Minnesota is under a Winter Weather advisory that began Tuesday morning and will last through Wednesday at 6 a.m.

Winter is in full swing.

Much of Minnesota should expect the snow and rain that began Tuesday morning to continue through the holiday weekend, the National Weather Service says. West central Minnesota is no exception.

The Weather Service issued a seven-day Hazardous Weather Outlook Tuesday covering 50 counties in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Redwood, Pope, Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa and Stearns.

This is on top of a Winter Weather Advisory issued at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday for many of the same counties and set to expire at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

West central Minnesota saw a wintry mix of freezing rain Tuesday morning, causing icy roads and delaying some school start times.

That is expected to continue, the Weather Service said.

“More precipitation, mainly snow, will develop late this afternoon, and then diminish around 6 a.m. Wednesday,” the weather advisory stated. “The heaviest snowfall rates will occur between 6 p.m. this evening and midnight tonight.”

Up to four inches of snow is possible. The Weather Service says drivers should plan for slippery road conditions.

“Light snow is possible across much of southern Minnesota Thanksgiving day and into Thursday night,” the hazardous weather outlook stated. “Another mixed precipitation storm system could affect holiday travel later Sunday onto Monday.”

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the safest way to drive in winter conditions is to tune in and stay alert.

Turn off cruise control, avoid distractions like cell phones, keep your headlights on and wear your seatbelt, MnDOT advises.

MnDOT is also advising drivers to plan for extra travel time this Thanksgiving in light of the forecast. It is encouraging drivers to give snowplows room to work, and stay at least five car lengths away from a plow on the road.

Drivers can check 511mn.org for up-to-date road and travel conditions from MnDOT.

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