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Hang onto your hats: Wind warnings in place through Tuesday night

WILLMAR -- A potential 40-degree drop in temperature overnight could push in a cold front and dangerously high winds into west central Minnesota. Temperatures are expected to reach nearly 70 degrees today and then plummet to about 30 degrees tonight.

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WILLMAR - A potential 40-degree drop in temperature overnight could push in a cold front and dangerously high winds into west central Minnesota.

Temperatures are expected to reach nearly 70 degrees today and then plummet to about 30 degrees tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, there's a chance of severe thunderstorms - and possibly a brief tornado - Monday afternoon and evening with damaging wind gust of 45 to 60 mph.

The strong westerly winds, which are expected to turn to the southwest, will last through Tuesday night, according to the Weather Service, which has issued a wind advisory from 7 p.m. tonight until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A high wind watch will be in place through Tuesday night.

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Tree damage and power outages are possible because of the anticipated high winds. The Weather Service said driving may be difficult, particularly on north and south roads.

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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