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Heavy snowstorm hitting Willmar and region early Friday, more than 6 inches of snow expected through Jan. 14

An early Friday morning snowstorm is expected to drop about six to nine inches in Willmar.

Snow Storm

Updated 4 p.m.

WILLMAR — Heavy snow is expected to fall across western and southwestern Minnesota late Thursday night through Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service .

A winter storm warning in effect for west central and south western Minnesota from Midnight Thursday to Midnight Friday.

Starting early Friday morning, snowfall is forecast to drop more than 6 inches of snow in Willmar and west of a line from Stevens and Pope counties down through western Freeborn County.

The highest overall snow totals are expected along the Buffalo Ridge in southwestern Minnesota, where the amount could locally exceed 10 inches. Snow fall rates of around an inch an hour may occur at times.

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Travel could be very difficult with blowing snow possibly significantly reducing visibility.

The National Weather Service is advising people who must travel to bring an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency.

Tempatures are also expected to drop with Friday high of 20 degrees and low of -4 degrees.

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