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Semi truck drivers work to get their rigs back on the road this morning after being forced off the highways by the blizzard conditions. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny.

Weather Service: 39 below wind chill at Clara City and Morris this morning

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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.

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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.

Montevideo recorded at 34 below chill and Granite Falls reported 34 below. The Willmar airport reading was 32 below.

The weather service also released wind gust readings, with a MnDOT sensor near Madelia in Blue Earth County recording a 50 mph reading. West Central Minnesota was also well represented on list, with Olivia recording a 49 mph reading and Benson, Willmar and Clara City reporting winds of 48 mph.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for much of the state, with forecasters expecting the wind chill values to improve this afternoon and then plummet tonight as the temperatures drop.

Forecasters expect the next weather system, coming Thursday, to drop between 6 and 12 inches of snow in central and southwestern Minnesota.

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