Douglas County plows will be out until 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and resume work at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Sheriff Troy Wolbersen encourages everyone to drive cautiously. "Road crews are doing a good job clearing the roads but the wind is causing drifting," the sheriff said.
About 5.2 inches of snow fell in Douglas County between 6:30 a.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch are expected Saturday.
Douglas County is among many counties that remains in a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Surface observations and reports from the Minnesota Department ofTransportation indicate whiteout conditions have been developing shortly after the winds become gusty behind the arctic cold front. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are occurring across southwest and west central Minnesota.
These winds spread eastward across southern Minnesota early this morning with blizzard conditions reaching the I-35 corridor at 9 a.m.
Wind gusts to 55 mph are possible with visibilities near zero at times for the rest of the day. The worst conditions will occur in west central into south central Minnesota through the day, according to the National Weather Service. In addition, falling temperatures into the single digits above and below zero will lead to icy roads and very cold wind chills Saturday afternoon.