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“Ground blizzard” expected to bring high winds, whiteout conditions, bitter wind chills to south-central Minnesota

Another winter storm is headed for south-central Minnesota.

Weather Story from the National Weather Service Twin Cities office.

Weather Eye forecaster Megan Mulford said it includes high winds and blowing and drifting but, “We’re actually not going to see any snow fall. It’s mostly going to be what we call a ground blizzard. We’re going to see wind gusts as high as 40-45 m.p.h,, making anything that is on the ground just whip up, causing whiteout conditions.”

A winter storm watch is in effect for Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Waseca, and other counties in the region, “Overnight tonight through noon tomorrow. So, especially heading out to work and school tomorrow morning just be very, very careful,” she added.

Mulford also said that the cold wind chills expected with the storm, as low as 30 below zero, could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.