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Arctic air on the way: Tonight 'will take a turn for the worse'

Minnesotans on Thursday braced for a monster winter storm already wreaking havoc in other parts of the country, just in time to threaten the last-minute deliveries and long-anticipated travel plans that accompany the Christmas holiday.

After a record-setting 8.1 inches of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday, a Thursday morning respite ended as winds started picking up across western and southern Minnesota in the afternoon. The 20 to 25 mph gusts created extremely low visibility along Interstate 90 and in the Redwood Falls area. Conditions were so bad in Renville County, about 2 hours west of the Twin Cities, that the Public Works Department pulled its plows off the roads at noon.

Wind chill readings at 2 p.m. included minus 44 degrees in Worthington and Slayton, the coldest in the state at that time. Right behind at minus 40 degrees or colder were Alexandria, Olivia and Glenwood in central Minnesota, said meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein with the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.


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