WILLMAR — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for west central Minnesota as a double blow of snow and ice with high winds moves into the region Monday night.
The storm watch is in effect Monday night through Tuesday night.
The Weather Service is expecting a combination of freezing rain and snow accumulation. Two to four inches of snow and up to two-tenths of an inch of ice are anticipated. Winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour.
A winter storm watch is issued for the region, including Kandiyohi and Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. While Meeker County and areas to the east may escape the brunt of the storm, an accumulation of snow and ice is also forecast.
Dangerous road conditions with ice, snow and high winds are likely Monday night through Tuesday night. The area should see a break on Wednesday, but snow accumulation is forecast for Thursday at the rear of the system.