First significant snow prompts Winter Weather Advisory for central Minnesota

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Nov 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud and much of the region was under a winter weather advisory Saturday as the season's first significant snowfall moved over central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory covering portions of west central, central and east central Minnesota as well as west central Wisconsin was in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Read the National Weather Service advisory for potentially heavy snowfall during portions of Saturday's storm

Light snow was expected to begin impact central Minnesota areas Saturday morning, turning to heavier snowfall by late morning and afternoon.

Snowfall amounts were expected to range from 2 to 4 inches along and north of a line from Montevideo to St. Cloud to Rice Lake in Wisconsin. Locally, heavier snowfall amounts near 5 inches were possible from Benson to near St. Cloud to Mora.

The snow was expected to taper off by later afternoon or evening from west to east.

Concern was also elevated for potentially hazardous driving conditions from blowing snow developing behind strong winds on the back side of the storm. The concern was greatest along untreated and rural roads.

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