Update: Blizzard warning in effect in Douglas County through Christmas Eve morning

Winds are expected to gust as high as 60 miles per hour, no travel advised.

Weather Announcement FSA

If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, your wish may be coming true. Although the white stuff is coming in the form of a blizzard.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning now through 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.

Snow will reportedly develop today across western Minnesota with light rain or drizzle in some parts of the state. Temperatures are expected to start plummeting during the day and fall below zero overnight.

Snow accumulations could be anywhere from 4 to 6 inches and winds are expected to gust as high as 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Considerable blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions are expected and according to the National Weather Service, travel may become very dangerous into the evening.


At 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, the Minnesota Department of Transportation enacted a no travel advisory on state and federal highways in Clay County, Traverse County, Wilkin County and the northwestern corner of Otter Tail County due to dangerous driving conditions. This includes Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Rothsay and Highway 10 from Moorhead and Hawley.

At 11 a.m. on Dec. 23, MnDOT expanded the no travel advisory to include state and federal highways in Big Stone and Stevens counties, as well as the western portions of Grant and Swift counties due to dangerous driving conditions.

Blowing snow is causing whiteout conditions in those areas, according to MnDOT. Visibility is poor, in some areas down to zero. Snowplows will continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve.

For latest road conditions, call 511 or visit .

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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