Blizzard Warning posted for Minnesota

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Jan 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

ST. Cloud, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota is about to get hit with another round of blizzard-like conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for western and southern Minnesota from 9 am until midnight Sunday.

The Blizzard Warning is along and generally west of a line from Staples to Hutchinson to Albert Lea.

Prior to the development of strong winds and blizzard conditions, a period of snow is expected Saturday night, with accumulations of 2 to 5 inches.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued due to this expected snowfall, and is in effect Saturday night for areas generally along and southwest of a line from Little Falls to Menomonie, Wisconsin, including the Twin Cities area.

Northwest winds from 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour will develop across western and southern Minnesota on Sunday.

The strong winds combined with freshly fallen snow wil result in blizzard conditions with widespread visibilities near zero in the Blizzard Warning area.

The winds will diminish late Sunday night, which will allow conditions to improve somewhat, but areas of blowing and drifting snow are expected to persist into Monday.

In addition, temperatures will quickly drop behind the low pressure system Sunday morning, falling to below zero in most areas by Sunday evening.

Dangerous wind chills of 40 to 50 below zero can be expected beginning Sunday night and lasting into Tuesday morning.

Some cities in the Blizzard Warning include: St. Cloud, Willmar, Litchfield, Hutchinson, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, Mankato, Owatonna, and Albert Lea.

Mike Tanner

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