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Winter storm warnings, ice storm warnings issued for portions of southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa

A winter storm warning will be in effect from noon Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for Nobles, Rock, Cottonwood and Murray counties in Minnesota.

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Stock image of snow by Zac Durant from Unsplash.
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SIOUX FALLS, S. D. — A winter storm warning will be in effect from noon Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for Nobles, Rock, Cottonwood and Murray counties in Minnesota.

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Heavy snow is expected with mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 14 inches are expected. Ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch are possible, with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice and/or heavy snow. Travel could be nearly impossible. Falling and blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Heavy snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible Monday night into Tuesday morning. Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions may develop.

Small fluctuations in the storm track are still possible, which could impact the forecast precipitation type and amounts.

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

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In addition, an ice storm warning is in effect from noon Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for Osceola and Dickinson counties in Iowa and Jackson County in Minnesota.

Significant icing is expected there, with total snow accumulations of 1 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of one quarter to one half of an inch. Winds will gust as high as 35 mph.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact commutes.

Small fluctuations in storm track are still possible, which could impact the forecast precipitation type and amounts.

Travel is strongly discouraged. Those who must travel should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in cases of an emergency. People should prepare for possible power outages.

Pipestone County

A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for Pipestone county.

Heavy snow is expected, with total snow accumulations of 10 to 18 inches. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds will gust as high as 40 miles per hour.

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Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Falling and blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and hazardous conditions could impact commutes.

Heavy snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible Monday night into Tuesday morning. Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions may develop. Small fluctuations in storm track are still possible, which could impact the forecast precipitation type and amounts.

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

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