No travel advised in parts of Minnesota as snowstorm reduces visibility

Western Minnesota is getting hit hard.
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The view in Otter Tail County Saturday afternoon.

The view in Otter Tail County Saturday afternoon.

The Saturday snowstorm is sweeping across Minnesota and making conditions on the roads next-to-impossible.

"No travel" advisories have been issued in several western counties, including Otter Tail and Lac Qui Parle, with heavy snow resulting in extremely poor visibility on highways and interstate.

Roads in the western half of the state are completely covered in snow, and spinouts are now being reported on I-94.

Conditions are only expected to get worse as the day unfolds, as heavy snow continues to make its way across the state.

The Alexandria, Willmar and Madison areas are in line to get 10-12 inches, with the latest forecast saying around 7-8 will fall in the St. Cloud area, and 6 inches in the Twin Cities metro.

Because the system has brought rain first in the south of the state, including the Twin Cities, the National Weather Service is warning that the snow set to follow will create slick conditions on metro area roads.

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The NWS is advising most Minnesotans to avoid travel on Saturday evening where possible, and to snow down and leave extra room if they do go out on the roads.

As well as visibility problems, some roads are also experiencing pooling, with water not having anywhere to drain because of the snow left over from last month.

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