The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 10, 2013

Slushstorm here, blizzard elsewhere



Temperatures were forecast to fall slowly through the 20s overnight and today and drop through the teens tonight, bottoming out at 11 degrees by 6 a.m. Tuesday. Winds were predicted to swing to the northwest and increase to 20-25 mph after midnight with gusts as high as 45 mph. Less than an inch of snow and patchy freezing drizzle were expected in the early morning hours, according to the National Weather Service, with less than a half-inch of snow added today.

The high winds were what prompted the blizzard warning for points to the north and west, but Adams said he didn’t expect much trouble from the wind in the immediate Mankato area.

“The snow is so wet and heavy, we’re not too concerned about blowing snow (in Blue Earth County),” he said.

Any snow later today is predicted to wrap up by 7 p.m. with skies clearing and winds dropping overnight. Tuesday is expected to be all sunshine with light winds and a 29-degree high.

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