New Year Starting Up as Winter Storm Slowly Winds Down

Blustery northwest winds should peak early this afternoon at a gusty 25 to 40 mph across southwest Minnesota, with areas of blizzard conditions and periods of near zero visibility are expected to continue through mid afternoon across Lincoln, Lyon and Pipestone counties, where 3 to 5 inches fluffy snowfall occured on New Years Eve.  Winds should start to diminish late afternoon, allowing the more widespread blowing snow to lessen after 4 pm.  Areas along the interstate 29 southward  to around Beresford, along with areas of southwest Minnesota along the highway 60 corridor and westward along interstate 90 will continue to find periods of blowing snow and reduced visibility through mid afternoon, with some brief visibility reduction to a half mile or less in open areas.  Wind chills from 10 below to 20 below zero will be common, adding danger to the wintry conditions this afternoon.  Get the latest winter weather hazard information on our Winter Weather Monitor Page.

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