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UPDATE: Blizzard warning remains for Stevens County

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A blizzard warning remains in effect for an area roughly southwest of a line from Morris to Faribault. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas to the north and east of that line through 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Winds could strengthn significantly today by this aftaernoon and could reach 20 to 30 miles per hour. Low temperatures and sub-zero wind chills also are expected over the weekend.

Here's a full report from the National Weather Service:

Effective: 12/11 04:52AM

Expires: 12/11 09:00PM

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 452 AM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

MAJOR WINTER STORM AFFECTING CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN

.A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS ROUGHLY ALONG AND TO THE SOUTHWEST OF A LINE FROM MORRIS TO FARIBAULT. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THIS LINE

INCLUDING MOST OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WAS OCCURRING OVER PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN EARLY THIS MORNING

WITH LIGHTER SNOW OVER CENTRAL MINNESOTA. A MIX OF LIGHT SNOW AND AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET WAS OCCURRING OVER SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA. AS MUCH AS 7 INCHES OF SNOW HAS ALREADY FALLEN OVER PARTS OF THE NORTHWEST TWIN CITIES

WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES REPORTED ACROSS OTHER PARTS OF THE METRO AREA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN TOWARD DURAND AND MENOMONIE. IT APPEARS THAT MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL EXPAND OVER MUCH OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN DURING THE MID MORNING HOURS AND CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON. LIGHTER INTENSITY SNOW WILL OCCUR OVER WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN 8 AND 18 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA

WITH THE CORRIDOR OF THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS EXTENDING FROM NEAR HUTCHINSON AND MANKATO

ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES METRO

INTO MOST OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN COULD SEE AS MUCH AS 18 INCHES OF SNOW BY TONIGHT. SLIGHTLY LESSER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED OVER WEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA

WHERE TOTALS BETWEEN 3 AND 8 INCHES WILL BE MORE COMMON. THE LIGHTEST AMOUNTS OF SNOW WILL BE FOUND IN THE MORRIS AND ALEXANDRIA AREAS. WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN SIGNIFICANTLY BY THIS AFTERNOON AS THIS WINTER STORM GATHERS STRENGTH AND MOVES ACROSS NORTHERN IOWA. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH

WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH

WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES INTO TONIGHT. NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA. WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS OVER SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA

THE BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH TONIGHT IN THESE AREAS. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY EVENING OVER CENTRAL MINNESOTA

OVER SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA LATER THIS EVENING

AND OVER WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN LATE TONIGHT. CONTINUED WINDY CONDITIONS AND PLUMMETING TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 20 BELOW TO 35 BELOW. THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADVERSE WINTER WEATHER WAS OVER NORTHWEST IOWA THIS MORNING. THIS LOW WILL TRACK EAST TODAY AND REACH NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN TONIGHT. A STRONG PUSH OF ARCTIC AIR WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD SOUTH OVER THE MIDWEST TONIGHT AND WILL LINGER INTO THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK. MNZ047-054>056-064-065-073-111900- /O.CON.KMPX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-101212T0300Z/ STEVENS-LAC QUI PARLE-SWIFT-CHIPPEWA-YELLOW MEDICINE-RENVILLE- REDWOOD- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF

MORRIS

MADISON

BENSON

MONTEVIDEO

GRANITE FALLS

OLIVIA

REDWOOD FALLS 452 AM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING. * TIMING

SNOW INCREASING AGAIN THIS MORNING AND LASTING INTO THE AFTERNOON. * MAIN IMPACT

3 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE LIKELY. * OTHER IMPACTS

HEAVY SNOW ON SATURDAY COMBINED WITH INCREASING WIND SPEEDS WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW

WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY. WIND CHILLS WILL PLUMMET TO AROUND 35 BELOW ON SATURDAY NIGHT. WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL RESULT IN VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS

MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL

HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED

STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE

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