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UPDATE: Winter storm watch to start Wednesday; wind chill warning follows

Blizzard conditions are possible, as are total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Wind could gust as high as 50 miles per hour.

Ice stock image by Raisa Milova on Unsplash.
Ice stock image by Raisa Milova on Unsplash.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Cottonwood, Nobles and Jackson counties in Minnesota and Lyon and Osceola counties in Iowa, going into effect Wednesday afternoon and set to end Friday afternoon.

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In addition, a wind chill warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to noon Saturday.

Blizzard conditions are possible, as are total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Winds could gust as high as 50 miles per hour.

With the wind chill warning, dangerously cold wind chills are possible, as low as -45 degrees.

The National Weather Service advises motorists to plan on slippery road conditions, and notes that widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Hazardous conditions could impact commutes, and gusty winds could bring down tree branches. In addition, dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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"Those with holiday travel plans will want to monitor the forecast closely and adjust plans as necessary," the NWS said. "Any person that becomes stranded or trapped outdoors could encounter a life-threatening situation in a short amount of time."

The weather service recommended avoiding outside activities if possible, and if outside, people should make sure to wear appropriate winter clothing, including a hat and gloves.

Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties in winter storm watch

For Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties, a winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Friday afternoon and a wind chill warning was set to begin Wednesday night and end at noon Saturday.

Blizzard conditions are possible during the winter storm watch, with total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches possible and winds could gust as high as 50 miles per hour. For the wind chill warning, dangerously cold wind chills are possible, as low as -45 degrees.

People should plan on slippery road conditions, and widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact commutes, and the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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

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