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Blizzard conditions possible as winds increase; driving conditions deteriorating

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Other than a few stray bursts of snow, the accumulating snow has pushed out of the area.  In its wake, near-blizzard conditions and dangerous cold.

Visibility is being reduced as of noon on Sunday across the wind prone areas of southern Minnesota and north Iowa.  Strong winds are blowing a fresh few inches of snow that fell Saturday night across streets and highways.

By Sunday evening, conditions will become increasingly dangerous.  Sustained winds will likely top 30 mph after about 2 p.m. with gusts through the remainder of Sunday potentially topping 50 mph.  This will cause whiteout conditions across much of Minnesota and north Iowa.  Travel is not advised.

On top of that, dangerously cold air pours in behind this system.  A strong Arctic cold front will take actual air temperatures down to about -20 by Monday morning.  Wind chills will be in the ballpark of -50 both Monday and Tuesday. 

Once temperatures go below 0 degrees Sunday night we will not see above zero readings until Wednesday afternoon.  Travel is not recommended Sunday afternoon due to these conditions.

The bitter cold temperatures have prompted the Rochester, Austin and Winona districts to close schools on Monday. Click here to view the full list of closings and cancellations.


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