Blizzard, storm warnings continue into Monday; whiteout in western Minn.


Blizzard conditions will continue across western Minnesota through the night, as a winter storm bogs down travel across most of the state.

Snowfall has tapered off, but the National Weather Service says winds will be gusting up to 45 mph in western counties, leading to visibilities near zero. A blizzard warning will be in effect for an area from Worthington north to Moorhead and Fergus Falls from 9 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.

Interstate 94 is closed between Alexandria and Moorhead, and stretches of U.S. Highways 10 and 210 are closed from central into northwestern Minnesota.

By Sunday afternoon, transportation officials were advising no travel on roads in 13 western Minnesota counties. East of the blizzard area, a winter storm warning remains in effect for cities including St. Cloud and Duluth. Police in those cities are also urging residents to stay off even city streets.

In the Twin Cities, snowfall amounts range from 2 to 5 inches. A winter weather advisory is in effect overnight. In the blizzard area, snow totals could reach 12 inches by Monday.

A map of the state's road conditions shows difficult or hazardous driving across most of the state. Only far southern Minnesota and the southeast corner were spared the sloppy weather.

Snow emergencies were called in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in a number of other cities.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was able to keep one runway open through the storm, but cancelled more than 50 flights.

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