Storm blows into Minnesota
WILLMAR -- Blizzard-like conditions blew through western Minnesota Sunday night into Monday morning, with southwest Minnesota experiencing the worst of the weather.West central Minnesota was better off. But near whiteout conditions Sunday night a...
WILLMAR - Blizzard-like conditions blew through western Minnesota Sunday night into Monday morning, with southwest Minnesota experiencing the worst of the weather.
West central Minnesota was better off.
But near whiteout conditions Sunday night and early Monday morning slowed traffic.
As of 8:30 a.m., conditions had stabilized, but drivers were still advised to use caution.
“Road conditions have improved in west central Minnesota but visibility is still quite limited,” Minnesota State Patrol Public Information Officer Jesse Grabow said via Twitter.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen cancelled the winter storm warning for the region and extended a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Monday.
“Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural areas,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory for west central Minnesota.
Chippewa, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Stevens, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties were listed under the advisory.
“Plan on reduced visibility at times and slippery road conditions,” the advisory said.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 8 headquarters in Willmar advised against travel for motorists in southwest Minnesota’s Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Pipestone counties on Monday.
Those counties were issued a no travel advisory beginning at 9:20 a.m. Monday and a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday.
“Visibility has been reduced to zero. White out conditions are present and roads are completely covered with blowing snow,” the department of transportation said in a news release. “If you must travel, MnDOT advises motorists to slow down, use their headlights and give plows room to work.”
Many counties experienced light snow throughout the day that tapered off during the afternoon.
Colder weather is to come.
The National Weather Service is predicting wind chills of down to 20 to 30 degrees below zero Wednesday morning for much of central Minnesota.