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WCT Weather Live: The blizzard warning has ended but strong winds will continue through Saturday morning

Road are snow and ice covered across west central Minnesota Saturday morning. A large storm system will likely impact the Upper Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. This storm system will bring a mixture of precipitation types to the region, including the potential for accumulating snow in western and central Minnesota.

Roads across west central Minnesota remain snow and ice covered Saturday. This is no April Fools joke, said the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8.
Roads across west central Minnesota remain snow and ice covered Saturday. This is no April Fools joke, said the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8.
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Update 7 a.m. Saturday:
CHANHASSEN β€” The blizzard warning has ended in west central and southwest Minnesota early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Still, the regions remains under a hazardous weather outlook for Saturday.

The heavy snow ended around daybreak with strong winds that will continue Saturday morning and diminish by late Saturday morning.

A large storm system is likely to impact the Upper Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday. This storm system will bring a mixture of precipitation types to the region, including the potential for accumulating snow in western and central Minnesota.

Roads in west central Minnesota "are back to being snow an dice covered on Saturday, April 1, according to Minnesota Department of Transporation's District 8.

Warmer temperatures are expected by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Here is the latest road conditions update from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Update 2 p.m. Friday:
CHANHASSEN β€” The blizzard warning has been expanded eastward to include the Twin Cities metro and western Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.

The widespread precipitation will develop late this afternoon and then transition to heavy snow from northwest to southeast this evening. The snow could be very heavy at times from hourly rates of 1 to 2.5 inches per hour.

Strong north winds up to 50 mph will develop with heavy snow to produce whiteout conditions over a wide swath from west central and southwest Minnesota to west central Wisconsin.

The worst conditions are expected between 9 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday, with snow and strong winds tapering off toward early Saturday morning.

Total snowfall will range from 5 to 10 inches from west central and southwest Minnesota to west central Wisconsin, with 2 to 5 inches north of Glenwood and St. Cloud, and along Interstate 90 in South Dakota. Locally higher amounts are possible if the snowfall rates exceed 2 inches per hour.

A winter storm warning remains in effect north and south of the blizzard warning area.

Original 7 a.m. Friday: A blizzard warning is in place for west central and southwestern Minnesota through Saturday

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The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for portions of west central and southwestern Minnesota through 7 a.m. Saturday.
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CHANHASSEN β€” The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for portions of west central and southwestern Minnesota for Friday afternoon through 7 a.m. Saturday.

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A complex winter storm system developing over the Rockies will shift west into the Central Plains on Friday and gradually move into the Great Lakes area Friday night.

Precipitation will continue Friday morning as rain or freezing rain depending on surface temperatures. A light icing to a tenth of an inch of ice accretion is likely primarily north of a line from Redwood Falls to Buffalo in Minnesota to Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

The precipitation will then gradually change over to snow Friday afternoon through Friday night, which could be heavy at times. Snowfall amounts should range from 5 to 8 inches in a swath from the Madison and Canby areas eastward through the Twin Cities metro and into Wisconsin.

Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches is expected from the St. Cloud area northward and from the Mankato area southward.

In addition, strong winds will develop late Friday morning which will persist through Friday night. Blizzard conditions are likely west of a line from Benson to Hector to New Ulm to Madelia. Near blizzard conditions are possible eastward to the Interstate 35 corridor.

Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and Wctrib.com in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
Boldan can be reached via email: editor@wctrib.com or telephone: 320-214-4331.
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