Up to 10 inches of snow expected in Minnesota on Friday as storm moves in

Joe Mertens

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of western Minnesota from midnight tonight until midnight on Friday says the National Weather Service (NWS).

"Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 10 inches. Snowfall rates exceeding 1 inch per hour possible," the NWS said in a statement.

Cities affected by the Winter Storm Warning include Morris, Benson, Madison, Redwood Falls, St James, Fairmont, and Granite Falls.

"Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute," the statement also said.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for a small handful of surrounding counties, including Becker, Polk, and Otter Tail. 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected in these areas. Road conditions are expected to be slippery, the NWS says.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the southern part of the state, affecting cities like Glenwood, Willmar, Olivia, Gaylord, St. Peter, and Albert Lea. 4 to 8 inches of snow are expected in this region. The Winter Storm Watch will last until Friday evening according to the NWS.

The NWS advises that people affected by the storm take caution when traveling. Drive slower than usual and allow for extra space in between the vehicles ahead of you and behind you. Make sure to pack food, water, blankets, a flashlight, and a fully charged phone in case of an emergency.

For more information, and to keep track of the storm as it progresses, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/mpx/

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