Winter storm warning, blizzard warning issued for parts of Minnesota due to snow, 'crashing' temps

Snow, strong winds and plunging temperatures have prompted the warning.
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of central and western Minnesota as more snow arrives, along with some strong winds and frigid temperatures. A blizzard warning is also in effect for far western Minnesota along the North Dakota border. 

The NWS upgraded what was a winter weather advisory to a warning, saying this was due to the combination of 4-6 inches of possible snow (most of which has already fallen), 30+ MPH winds and "crashing temperatures" in the affected area.

This area includes St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd, Duluth and Hinckley, and it remains in place through 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

In its forecast discussion, the NWS says that the extra snow and strong wind gusts will cause "low visibility and poor driving conditions."

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The "crashing temperatures" meanwhile will result in wind chills in the region of 25-35 below zero going into Tuesday morning. The wind chill in the Twin Cities, where very little snow is expected, will dive to 10-15 below zero. 

Such wind chills can result in frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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