WILLMAR — The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for today and tonight for portions of central and southern Minnesota. The area includes Kandiyohi, Meeker, Swift, Chippewa, Renville, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Pope, Stevens and Stearns counties.
WILLMAR - A freezing fog advisory has been issued for the majority of west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. This freezing fog advisory is in effect through 9 a.m. Sunday from west central Minnesota through southeast Minnesota. This fog area in the region includes most counties located south of Interstate 94 and north of the Minnesota River. Light winds, lingering low level moisture and periods of clear skies will lead to the development of freezing fog across the region tonight.
WILLMAR – Snow is expected to linger across southern Minnesota today and taper off tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Minneapolis. A winter storm advisory remains in place until 6 p.m. Friday. Snow will continue to move north this morning across south central Minnesota and into west central Wisconsin. Snowfalls totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected from east central and south central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. The higher snow totals will be found along Interstate 90.
CHANHASSEN — The National Weather Service reports that the coldest wind chill of the current storm was recorded around 9:30 a.m. today near Clara City and around 7:30 a.m. today near Morris. The MnDOT sensor along State Highway 23 about 2 miles west of Clara City recorded a 39 below wind chill, which was matched by a 39 below reading at the Morris airport. A wind chill of 37 below was recorded at Glenwood and 36 below was recorded at Appleton, Winthrop, Madison and Benson.
All highways in west central Minnesota are now open. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol have opened all highways as of 8:15 a.m. in west central Minnesota. The last of the roads to open was Highway 19 from Marshall to Redwood Falls. Highways now open include:
WILLMAR – Several stretches of highway have recently been closed in southwestern Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials earlier today had predicted closures would not be forthcoming, but plows were pulled since early this evening and conditions have continued to deteriorate. The MnDOT website for road and travel conditions – www.511mn.org – now lists several closures in the region to due to blowing snow and reduced visibility.
Blizzard conditions will continue this evening across much of western Minnesota, the National Weather Service said late this afternoon. Strong northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of 45 or 50 mph, moved into west central Minnesota earlier today in the wake of a strong cold front. Blowing snow is widespread, creating blizzard conditions near and west of a line from Alexandria to Willmar and Olivia.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. - A very moist airmass spread across the snow pack which led to widespread fog today in west central Minnesota. The fog will become dense tonight as winds become light and variable, according to the National Weather Service. A dense fog advisory will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with visibility limited to 1/4 mile or less across west central Minnesota. As temperatures drop to near freezing tonight, any untreated surfaces may become slippery tonight due to icing from the dense fog.