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BLIZZARD CONDITIONS: No travel advised in wind-whipped Minnesota

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The Minnesota State Patrol is urging no travel in northwestern Minnesota all day Thursday.
Winds are set to pick up, with 40 to 60 mph gusts reducing visibility to a quarter mile or less.

MnDOT deployed its fleet of plows to put down salt Wednesday, but the blowing snow and black ice has many travelers putting the brakes on their plans.

"You don't want to travel unless you absolutely have to," Sam Harms of Sauk Rapids, Minn. said Wednesday night. "I'll be home in half an hour, and I'm going to button up."

Even truckers who drive for a living are opting to stay off the roads, packing truck stops for a stay overnight.

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"Some of these bigger trucks … they really have to worry about it," Tim Baker said. "When winds get that high, they can literally tip a truck over."

TWIN CITIES WEATHER FOR THURSDAY

A mild start in the 30s quickly falls through the day as STRONG and GUSTY winds blow in colder air, fluff up a fresh dash of snow and cause all sorts of travel issues as blowing snow reduces visibilities across the state.

We have a BLIZZARD WARNING across western Minnesota as gusts of 40 to 60 mph will cause white-out conditions at times.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro, is in effect for wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph and some travel issues due to blowing and drifting snow.

Winds slowly relax Thursday night as the sky clears late, then plenty of sunshine and a chilly 10 degrees for Friday.

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