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Willmar reports 6 inches snow, Monte 8, more on way Saturday

Erica Dischino /Tribune We waited until late February to freshen the landscape with a significant snowfall.

WILLMAR - A winter storm that arrived Thursday afternoon and continued into the early morning hours Friday delivered 4 to 8 inches of snow across west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

The snow that began falling Thursday represents round one. A winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday night for the region. Round two brings the possibility of 6 to 9 inches of new snow in a narrow swath that could include west central Minnesota.

Willmar recorded 6.4 inches of snow in round one, and Montevideo recorded 8 inches. Other totals included 4 inches at Lake Lillian, 4.3 inches at Paynesville, 4.3 inches at Bird Island and 7 inches at Madison.

The Weather Service said there remains uncertainty about the path of Saturday’s snow band at this time. The Service cautions that the storm will bring difficult driving conditions on Saturday night through early Sunday. Northwest winds gusting to near 30 miles per hour will cause areas of blowing snow with reduced visibility and slick roads.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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