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UPDATE 9 a.m. Schools in area closed today, including ATCC

School districts in the area are closed today, Thursday, because of the weather.

The following schools are closed: Alexandria, Osakis, Brandon-Evansville, Minnewaska, Parkers Prairie and West Central Area. Also, Alexandria Technical and Community College is closed today. Senior College is also cancelled.

A blizzard warning took effect at 3 a.m. for several counties in west central Minnesota, including Douglas County, and will continue through mindnight tonight. Only about an inch of snow is expected but wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour are causing white-out conditions in some open areas. Wind chills of 30 below are expected this evening.

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