AUDIO: Blizzard conditions Thursday

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Jan 15, 2014 at 4:58 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions appear likely over parts of the state on Thursday as a powerful arctic cold front will move southeast across the state.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for western Minnesota from 3 am until midnight. Conditions will deteriorate early Thursday morning and last through Thursday night.

National Weather Service forecaster Jacob Beitlich says northwest winds around 40 miles per hour gusting to 55 miles per hour will create near zero visibilities, especially in open areas. New snow accumulation is expected to be an inch or less.

Additionally, temperatures will be falling into the teens and single digits, with wind chills reaching 30 below zero by Thursday night.

Cities in the Blizzard Warning include Alexandria, Morris, Glenwood, Madison,, Benson, Montevideo, Willmar, Granite Falls, Olivia, Redwood Falls and New Ulm.

A Blizzard Watch is posted for all day Thursday for the central Minnesota cities of St. Cloud, Litchfield, Hutchinson, Le Sueur, Waseca Mankato, Fairmont, Blue Earth and Albert Lea. 

NWS forecaster Jacob Beitlich talks about the potential for blizzard conditions on Thursday

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