Underwood School dismisses early due to weather [UPDATED]Published 12:04pm Monday, February 18, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Underwood School is dismissing at 1:45 p.m. today because of the weather. All activities are canceled or will be rescheduled.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for western Otter Tail, Wilkin and Grant counties, effective until 6 p.m.
Sustained north winds at 30-35 mph and gusts to 45 mph, coupled with light snow, are expected to cause whiteout conditions in open areas. The Weather Service’s warning noted that even while conditions may seem good in town, they are likely to be considerably worse out in the country. Little additional snow is expected.
Originally expected to primarily affect areas north of Otter Tail County, the 11:45 a.m. update said blizzard conditions would move east and south to the I-94 corridor in west central Minnesota.
Minnesota Department of Transportation reports indicated difficult driving conditions on I-94 and state highways around the region, with blowing snow, drifting snow, ice and freezing rain. Further north, The temperature at noon had fallen to 9 degrees, enroute to a forecast low of -10 tonight. Tuesday’s high is forecast to be below zero. Winds at the airport were reported at 28 mph, gusting to 36 mph.
An accident had been reported on westbound I-94 near Barnesville. Northeast of Moorhead most highways had a “no travel” recommendation listed.