While the blizzard warning advisory was lifted overnight for western Minnesota, the region and much of Minnesota remains under a wind chill advisory through noon on Christmas Eve, according to the National Weather Service.
Very cold wind chills are expected to continue through midday Thursday, with wind chill values from 25 to 35 below expected across west central Minnesota.
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Temperatures will remain in the single digits Thursday afternoon and then drop below zero again overnight. Wind chills will drop back into the -10s-20s below zero tonight and may reach -20 to -30 Friday morning.
The snowfall has tapered off across the region, but impacts to travel are expected to remain throughout the day..
The Minnesota Department of Transportation early Thursday morning lifted the no travel advisories for state highways in west central and southwest Minnesota, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties.
State snowplow operators are out and working hard to improve road conditions, according to MnDOT. Drivers are urged to use caution during travel and watch for slippery spots, especially in open areas.