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Weather Service issues advisory for parts of west central Minnesota

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Freezing rain and drizzle is expected to reach an area from Madison to Granite Falls in west-central Minnesota by this afternoon, according to a hazardous weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minn., this morning.

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The Weather Service reports that a line of freezing rain and sleet will begin lifting north into the region around noon. Ice accumulations of one to two tenths of an inch are expected. Some snowfall could follow.

The area expected to be hardest hit a line south from Madison to Granite Falls through Mankato.

The weather service also issued a weather advisory for a larger area including the counties of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Swift, Yellow Medicine counties. The wintry mix will persist across the region into the night, with some snow and sleet possibly lingering into Thursday morning. Only minor accumulation amounts are forecast, but ice conditions are expected to make travel difficult.

The Weather Service is also watching an approaching low pressure front that is forecast to bring larger precipitation amounts to the region beginning late Friday.

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