Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email: email@example.com.
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WILLMAR – Blowing and drifting snow this morning has most of Minnesota under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. The National Weather Service says brisk northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30, will persist this morning, causing blowing and drifting snow.
WILLMAR — White-out conditions are being reported by drivers in and around Willmar this afternoon. Kandiyohi County pulled its plows at 3 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions and plows won’t be back out until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Minnesota Department of Transportation plows are still out this afternoon, but driving conditions are not good.
WILLMAR — The blizzard warning for the Willmar area has been cancelled and replaced by a winter weather advisory . Olivia, Granite Falls, Litchfield and Redwood Falls are among the areas now under the advisory.
WILLMAR – Intermediate snowfall totals from the National Weather Service range from less than an inch up to 4 inches so far, but the reports from observers and spotters are scattered. Carlos in Douglas County reported 4 inches, and Kimball in Stearns County reported 3.5 inches. There is a report of 1.5 inches from Redwood Falls. The blizzard warning due to the new snow and high winds continues in western Minnesota until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
WILLMAR – Travel is not advised this morning in much of west central Minnesota due to heavy snow and reduced visibility, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says on its 511 traveler information website .
WILLMAR — Willmar, Benson, Montevideo, Olivia and Litchfield are among the area cities in a winter weather advisory beginning overnight tonight.
WILLMAR -- Icy patches and blowing snow in west central and southwest Minnesota are making driving conditions difficult in some places. Much of the region is rated as fair by the Minnesota Department of Transportation , and scattered roadways are rated as difficult. State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow has reported on Twitter today that troopers have been responding to vehicles off the roadway, as shown in the photo here by Hawick.
WILLMAR — Willmar, Benson, Olivia, Montevideo and Litchfield are among the regional cities in a winter storm watch issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.
WILLMAR — Good driving conditions are now reported across southwest and most of west central Minnesota this afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511 road and traffic conditions website shows only patches of fair or difficult driving in the region.
WILLMAR — Roads are improving in Willmar and the region. Most roads are rated in fair condition as plows have cleared many areas and temperatures have reached the upper 20s. There are still some icy patches, however, and reports of blowing and drifting snow, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511 road and traffic conditions website .