Winter storm could bring snow and freezing rain next week

The National Weather Service is following the formation of a storm that could bring snow and freezing rain to the local region early next week.

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The National Weather Service is watching a possible major winter storm for next week.
Contributed / National Weather Service Twin Cities
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WILLMAR — Residents and visitors to western Minnesota need to keep an eye on the weather for next week. The National Weather Service Twin Cities is watching a possible major winter storm that could bring not only snow but rain to the region late Monday through Wednesday.

NWS is currently forecasting snow over the Dakotas and western Minnesota, with the precipitation switching to a wintry mix and then all rain as the storm heads east. Where those transition lines may fall is still up in the air, and more forecast updates will be released over the weekend and early next week, according to NWS reports.

According to the hazardous weather outlook released Friday morning, the best chance for significant snowfall accumulations are in west central and central Minnesota. Chance of precipitation around Willmar stands between 80 and 90% Monday night through Tuesday night, with a 60% chance on Wednesday.

Temperatures around Willmar are forecasted to be in the mid-30s Monday through Wednesday. Wind will also probably be a factor, with 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph Monday night, 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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