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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Believe or not, warmer temperatures are just a couple days away for west central Minnesota as the jetstream shifts northward bringing warmer temps. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny across the region, with a high around 35 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The region has a slight chance of snow before midday Wednesday under partly cloudy skies, followed with a mix of rain and snow through Wednesday night. The Wednesday high will likely be near 40. Thenthe warmup begins with a change in weather patterns.
A winter storm is now imminent later today and into night as a projected heavy snow band shifts north and intensified. This storm will impact parts of west central Minnesota. A low pressure system will track from the Southern Plains into southwest Wisconsin by midnight tonight. Precipitation will spread over the region from the southwest today, which will become all snow this afternoon and early evening.
The current storm's snowfall may delay or interrupt the West Central Tribune's delivery by some of our motor route drivers or carriers Friday morning. Thus, the Tribune is now opening its Electronic Edition free-of-charge to all readers for the duration of this storm. Click on the appropriate link below to view the West Central Tribune's Electronic Edition: Web access link: All computer browsers and platforms .
West central Minnesota is experiencing another April snow storm today through Friday. Send your snow storm photos to the West Central Tribune at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: 1 p.m. Snow fall mixed with sleet and rain at time has started across parts of west central Minnesota. This current weather system will transition to all snow from west to east this afternoon into tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm warning remains in effect for west central Minnesota through 10 a.m. Friday. Moderate to heavy snow will continue today into this evening across west central, southwest and south central Minnesota.
WILLMAR — House Majority Leader Erin Murphy says the Legislature is delivering what Minnesota wants and needs: balancing the budget honestly, investing in educational and bonding priorities and getting the job done on time. Legislators and their leaders are in recess this week and both Democrats and Republicans are traveling the state to sell their legislative priorities.
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.