Wind, blowing snow could reduce visibility for drivers through Thursday afternoon

A storm system moving through the region could cause problems for drivers in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a wind advisory, as well as a special weather statement, have been issued for much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The wind advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday, and the special weather statement is in effect through 4 p.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists say west winds of 25-30 mph will move through the region, and wind gusts are expected to reach 45-50 mph, with some areas possibly seeing 60 mph gusts.

Snow showers are also expected, with quick bursts of moderate to heavy snow possible.

Due to the combination of strong winds and snow showers, the NWS says there may be rapid drops in visibility due to blowing snow, especially near, and north of, the I-94 corridor and far western Minnesota.

Drivers are asked to use extra caution and to reduce speeds.

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Early Thursday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol said there were several rollover crashes and spinouts along I-94 from Moorhead to Alexandria, adding drivers were traveling too fast on roads with poor conditions.

Thursday’s wind and snow is coming from the same system that brought blizzard warnings to nearly all of North Dakota.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says the Twin Cities region could see a mix of snow and rain, with some small accumulations on grassy surfaces.

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Temperatures have been unseasonably below average so far this spring, with highs expected to only reach the upper 30s through the end of the workweek, and barely reaching the 40s this weekend and Monday.

However, although low temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s and 30s through the start of next week, high temperatures are expected to reach the 50s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

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