WILLMAR — Most of central and western Minnesota is under a winter storm warning, as the latest storm is set to bring snow, rain or a mix of both.
The National Weather Service has issued the warning starting from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday for most of the region including Kandiyohi, Renville, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa and Lac qui Parle counties.
The area could continue to see snow from Friday night through Sunday morning. Heavy precipitation is expected, with snow accumulations from 7 to 12 inches possible by the time the storm ends Sunday. There could also be a light glaze of ice as temperatures hover around freezing through the storm event.
Winds, with gusts reaching 40 mph, could cause blowing snow in areas.
Travel is expected to be very difficult with slick and covered roads along with reduced visibility, the weather service warning said.
This latest holiday weekend storm will impact a large section of the country. Heavy snow is forecast to extend from the Rockies in New Mexico and Colorado to the Plains of the Dakotas to areas surrounding Lake Superior in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, according to AccuWeather. The forecast has snow falling simultaneously over a nearly 2,000-mile-long swath from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest during Friday night and Saturday.
The local weather looks to improve starting Sunday night, though it will be chilly with a low of 8. Monday is to be sunny, with a high near 25 and calming winds, the National Weather Service reports. Sun continues through Thursday, with temperatures near 30.