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Blizzard warning issued for the area

For the blizzard warning, blizzard conditions are expected. Winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour will produce near white-out conditions.

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FILE PHOTO: A previous snowstorm with poor visibility hit southwest Minnesota hard. (Beth Rickers / Daily Globe)
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning set to begin at noon Thursday and end 6 p.m. Friday for Nobles, Cottonwood and Jackson counties in Minnesota and Osceola and Dickinson counties in Iowa.

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Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected. For the blizzard warning, blizzard conditions are expected. Winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour will produce near white-out conditions.

For the wind chill warning, dangerously cold wind chills are expected. Wind chills will be as low as 45 below zero.

The wind chill warning will be from midnight tonight to noon Saturday.

The winter weather advisory expires at noon Thursday, when the blizzard warning begins, set to end at 6 p.m. Friday.

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The National Weather Service recommended people plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and the dangerous wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Snowfall is expected to end by late tonight. However, wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour will produce widespread blowing snow, which will result in near-whiteout conditions beginning on Thursday afternoon.

Any person that becomes stranded or trapped outdoors could encounter a life-threatening situation in a short amount of time, the NWS warned.

It also advised people to avoid outside activities if possible, and make sure to wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. Those who must travel should have a winter survival kit. If stranded, stay with the vehicle.

Murray and Pipestone counties

A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon Thursday, when a blizzard warning begins, for Murray and Pipestone counties, until 6 p.m. Friday.

Total snow accumulations of two to four inches are expected. Wind will gust as high as 35 miles per hour. During the blizzard warning, wind will gust as high as 45 miles per hour. During the wind chill warning, dangerously cold wind chills are expected, as low as 50 degrees below zero.

People should plan on slippery roads, with widespread blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. Hazardous conditions could impact commutes, gusty winds could bring down tree branches and the wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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Rock County

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, and a wind chill warning remains in effect from 6 p.m. tonight to noon Saturday. The winter storm watch has been canceled for Rock County.

Snow and blowing snow is expected, with accumulations of up to 2 inches through tonight. Wind could gust as high as 45 miles per hour, producing areas of blowing snow through Friday. Dangerously cold wind chills are expected, as low as 50 below zero.

Drivers should plan on slippery road conditions, with areas of blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. Hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute, and dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Snowfall is expected to end by midnight tonight, and then wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour will produce blowing snow, which will reduce visibility to less than one mile in open areas.

People are advised to avoid outside activities if possible, and wear appropriate clothing outdoors.

For up-to-date road conditions in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org .

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