Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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WILLMAR - Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders are getting a major detour through west central Minnesota today due to a freight train derailment in Elk River.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a wind chill warning for all of west central Minnesota until noon today. It also issued a wind chill advisory through noon Monday. The weather service has cancelled the blizzard warning issued Saturday afternoon. Cold wind chills are forecast for today and tonight, with wind chill values 35 to 45 below. These wind chill values will cause frostbite in minutes. Arctic air will continue to rush into west central Minnesota behind the departing cold from that moved through the region Saturday night.
Believe or not, warmer temperatures are just a couple days away for west central Minnesota as the jetstream shifts northward bringing warmer temps. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny across the region, with a high around 35 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The region has a slight chance of snow before midday Wednesday under partly cloudy skies, followed with a mix of rain and snow through Wednesday night. The Wednesday high will likely be near 40. Thenthe warmup begins with a change in weather patterns.
A winter storm is now imminent later today and into night as a projected heavy snow band shifts north and intensified. This storm will impact parts of west central Minnesota. A low pressure system will track from the Southern Plains into southwest Wisconsin by midnight tonight. Precipitation will spread over the region from the southwest today, which will become all snow this afternoon and early evening.
Update: 1 p.m. Snow fall mixed with sleet and rain at time has started across parts of west central Minnesota. This current weather system will transition to all snow from west to east this afternoon into tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm warning remains in effect for west central Minnesota through 10 a.m. Friday. Moderate to heavy snow will continue today into this evening across west central, southwest and south central Minnesota.
WILLMAR - Most of west central Minnesota may miss the large scale winter storm moving out of the plains into portions of the central United States. Some snow may fall across west central Minnesota beginning about 3 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch is expected Friday in the region. Snow will move into south central Minnesota tonight and spread into eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin by Friday morning.
Very cold wind chill values of 25 below to 35 below zero will continue through 9 a.m. today across west central Minnesota. As temperatures warm this morning, wind chill values will rise above 25 below zero. West central Minnesota will see mostly sunny skies today, with the high temperatures around 8 above zero. Overnight lows will be around 1 above, with wind chill values as low as 16 below.
WILLMAR – A wind chill advisory has been extended for most of Minnesota through Wednesday morning and a winter storm watch has been issued for Thursday and Friday. Dangerously cold wind chill values of 20 below to 35 below will persist across all of west central Minnesota through tonight, with brisk northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph continue, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Update 8 a.m.: WILLMAR, Minn. – More highways are opening across west central Minnesota this morning. Highways open as of 8 a.m. today according to Minnesota Department of Transportation include: - Highway 7 from Montevideo to Highway 71 - Highway 19 from Redwood Falls to Gaylord - Highway 23 from Willmar to Granite Falls - Highway 67 from Highway 75 near Canby to Granite Falls