Weather Forecast



This is the records summary for Dec. 26.

Christmas Eve snow hampered drivers; wind in today’s forecast

WILLMAR — No serious crashes were reported, but a Christmas Eve snowfall led to difficult driving conditions Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Willmar Police and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to several reports of vehicles that had gone into the ditch.

Despite its unwelcome timing, the winter storm was brief. Snowfall in most of west central Minnesota, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Swift counties, ranged from 1 to 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service. At the Willmar Municipal Airport, the unofficial measurement was 1.9 inches.

Amounts were higher to the south and west, with Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties receiving about 4 inches of snow.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued for today as strong winds follow the storm front. Areas of blowing snow are expected, which may reduce visibility in open areas. Among the counties included in the forecast are Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine.


WILLMAR — Two suspects were arrested early on the morning of Christmas Eve in connection with an altercation and alleged assault during which one of them reportedly pointed a gun at someone. The incident happened at a residence in the 1700 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast shortly before 3 a.m.

Willmar Police said a 25-year-old man faces criminal charges that include burglary, assault, making terroristic threats and transporting an uncased firearm. A second suspect may be charged with liability for crimes of another.


PIPESTONE — Five people, including three local individuals, were hurt in a crash that happened around 3 p.m. Christmas Day on Minnesota Highway 23 in Pipestone County.

The Minnesota State Patrol said Jonas Christianson, 23, of Miltona was northbound on Highway 23 when he apparently lost control of his 1998 Ford Ranger and crossed the center line, colliding with a 2013 Hyundai Sonata driven by Paula Hodge, 59, of Willmar.

Christianson had one passenger in his truck, 24-year-old Anastasia Held of Garretson, N.D. Hodge had two passengers in her car, Donald Groth, 67, of Kerkhoven, and Linda Lorenzen-Groth, 61, of Kerkhoven.

None of the injuries sustained in the crash were believed to be life-threatening, the State Patrol said. Road conditions were icy at the time.

SPICER — A driver was given a verbal warning by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office after crashing into a post Tuesday morning outside Great Lakes Living Center in Spicer and then failing to report the crash.

According to the law enforcement initial complaint log, the vehicle apparently slid on an icy road and went over the curb and into the yard.

The driver was later located and given a warning for leaving the scene. Minor damage was reported to the car. The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve.