The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for west central Minnesota. Most of our listening area will be effect by the snow storm. The NWS says travel could likely be impossible on Thursday. Here are some things you should know before the storm.

1. A Blizzard Warning for Stearns County and areas to the south and west goes into effect at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 and will expire on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

2. In addition to the Blizzard Warning there's a Winter Storm Warning for Benton and Sherburne Counties (along with several others to the east) from 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. on Friday.

3. The St. Cloud Compost Site will be closed in anticipation for inclement weather. They will reopen on Monday.

4. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's administration is working ahead of the storm. The Associated Press is reporting the Minnesota National Guard is already on standby ready to help.

5. Some parts of Minnesota could see up to 20 inches of snow. The National Weather Service says we could see between 1 to 2 inches of snowfall per hour.

6. Winds will be blowing in excess of 50+ miles per hour according to the forecast models from the National Weather Service.

7. The National Weather Service canceled the statewide tornado drill for Thursday and Friday due to the weather conditions. Several local counties are still planning to hold a practice drill at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

8. Our radio station weather cancellations and announcements line is (320) 257-7191. Leave a message with your cancellation details. Weather announcements will be published on all six of our radio station websites.

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