Blowing snow already causing problems before the blizzard in western Minnesota

Fierce winds have made travel rough in parts of western Minnesota Friday morning.
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Road conditions in western Minnesota are already "poor" even before a powerful winter storm makes travel even more hazardous, if not impossible, tonight through Saturday. 

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting that a stretch of Hwy. 10 in northwest Minnesota between Glyndon and Dilworth (east of Fargo) already has lane closures due to several crashes, possibly the cause of very poor visibility. 

The announcement was made just prior to 8:30 a.m., with the State Patrol saying lanes will reopen once the vehicles involved in the crashes are cleared. That could take several hours. 

This video from Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the State Patrol shows just how nasty the blowing snow was east of Moorhead on Friday morning. 

According to MnDOT, roads in western parts of Minnesota are partially covered in snow. That'll change to completely covered in snow over the next 24-36 hours as a winter storm will bring blizzard conditions to western Minnesota, with persistent whiteout conditions expected Saturday as winds whip out of the northwest up to 50 mph. 

Stay up to date on the changing road conditions through MnDOT's travel maps right here

Snow has reached southwestern Minnesota as of 9 a.m., and it's expected to move north/east and reach the metro area between 12-2 p.m. 

More details on how much snow will fall via our Weather MN blog right here

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