Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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WILLMAR - A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen Thursday for parts of west central Minnesota, including Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker, McLeod and Redwood counties. A significant winter storm is currently moving into Iowa this afternoon and much of that state is now under a winter storm warning. A strong area of low pressure continues to enter the south plains Thursday and push into the Mid-Mississippi Valley by Friday morning.
WILLMAR - Most of west central Minnesota may miss the large scale winter storm moving out of the plains into portions of the central United States. Some snow may fall across west central Minnesota beginning about 3 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch is expected Friday in the region. Snow will move into south central Minnesota tonight and spread into eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin by Friday morning.
Very cold wind chill values of 25 below to 35 below zero will continue through 9 a.m. today across west central Minnesota. As temperatures warm this morning, wind chill values will rise above 25 below zero. West central Minnesota will see mostly sunny skies today, with the high temperatures around 8 above zero. Overnight lows will be around 1 above, with wind chill values as low as 16 below.
WILLMAR – A wind chill advisory has been extended for most of Minnesota through Wednesday morning and a winter storm watch has been issued for Thursday and Friday. Dangerously cold wind chill values of 20 below to 35 below will persist across all of west central Minnesota through tonight, with brisk northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph continue, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Update 8 a.m.: WILLMAR, Minn. – More highways are opening across west central Minnesota this morning. Highways open as of 8 a.m. today according to Minnesota Department of Transportation include: - Highway 7 from Montevideo to Highway 71 - Highway 19 from Redwood Falls to Gaylord - Highway 23 from Willmar to Granite Falls - Highway 67 from Highway 75 near Canby to Granite Falls
Willmar Public and Community Christian schools are closed today. Many schools across west central Minnesota are running two hours late or are now closing.
WILLMAR - Two state highways in west central Minnesota have been reopened earlier this morning. State Highway 23 from Willmar to Granite Falls and Highway 212 from Granite Falls to Olivia were reopened about 6:45 a.m. today. The Minnesota Department of Transporation and the Minnesota State Patrol are working open the remaining closed highways in west central Minnesota. Those roads remain closed due to blowing snow, freezing temperatures and stall vehicles.
WILLMAR – A wind chill advisory has been issued for much of Minnesota through this afternoon by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. A dangerously cold wind chill value will persist across all of west central Minnesota this morning as a winter storm approaches for late Thursday and Friday. The blizzard conditions across the region have diminished overnight. Blowing and drifting snow with occasional visibility reductions are still possible today across the region. The wind chill values will improve this afternoon.
Update 3 p.m. WILLMAR - Minnesota Highway 23 is now open between Raymond and Clara City following to a jack-kniffed semi-trailer accidentMonday morning that blocked the entire highway. Law enforcement has completed the clearing of the jack-knifed semi. Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows have now opened Highway 23 between Clara City and Raymond. Motorists are urged to slow down and use caution due to blowing and drifting snow. Much of west central Minnesota remains under a blizzard warning until midnight.