The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for portions of Central Minnesota including Stearns, Morrison, Todd, Douglas, and Pope Counties in effect until 6 PM tonight. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for Benton, Sherburne and areas to the south.

Up to a quarter inch of ice accumulation is possible in the Ice Storm Warning area -- causing widespread power outages and dangerous driving conditions. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is advising you not to travel today.

National Weather Service

From the National Weather Service this Morning:  Freezing rain and drizzle will continue into the early to mid afternoon before turning to rain as temperatures warm toward 40. Ice accumulations of 1/10 to 1/4 inch are likely, with the heaviest amounts northwest of St. Cloud and near Alexandria and Little Falls. Thunderstorms become likely during the afternoon and early evening before rain ends late evening. Strong east southeast winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph will become southwest tonight.

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