The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of central Minnesota including Douglas, Pope, and Stevens Counties from 4 PM this afternoon through 1 PM Saturday afternoon.

Snow is expected to move into west central Minnesota, becoming heavy at times tonight. A narrow band of 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to develop across portions of Stevens, Pope, and Douglas counties in Minnesota, with the highest amounts expected from northwest Pope into western Douglas counties.

National Weather Service

In addition to the snow, west winds will be gusting to as high as 45 mph, which will result in some blowing and drifting of snow as well. The combination of the snow accumulations with strong winds will lead to difficult travel conditions Friday night into Saturday morning in the Morris, Glenwood, and Alexandria areas.

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St. Cloud could see up to an inch of accumulation tonight through Saturday afternoon noon.

From the National Weather Service this morning: A storm system that was across the Upper Midwest this morning, will continue to intensify today. Cold air has arrived and winds will increase during the day, and peak during the afternoon and evening. Gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be common in western Minnesota, with 30 to 45 mph gusts across southern and east central Minnesota. Light snow will begin over west central Minnesota, and spread southeast tonight.

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