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As winter storm approaches, District 518 pivots to distance learning for Friday classes

Heavy snow totaling 6 to 9 inches is expected in the region.

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WORTHINGTON — District 518 has announced it will have a Learn from Home Day Friday due to weather predictions.

People with questions are encouraged to contact their school's administrator.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning tonight at midnight through midnight Friday for Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood and Murray counties, as well as others in the region.

Heavy snow is expected, with total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches. Additionally, northerly winds gusting 25 to 35 miles per hour on Friday evening will likely cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.

Travel could be very difficult, and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, the National Weather Service warned. Hazardous conditions could impact commutes and other travel.

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Those who must travel should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of emergency.

A winter storm warning is also in place for Osceola, Dickinson, O'Brien, Clay and Buena Vista counties, for 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. There, 5 to 8 inches of snow are expected.

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