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December 10, 2012
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A snow plow clears off Old Homer Road, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, near Winona, Minn. The National Weather Service is predicting a total accumulation of five to 10 inches by Monday morning.

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Chelsea Gerth, left, 9, and Angel Martinez Carbaja, 10, race to grab snow from a picnic table during a snowball fight in the fresh snow, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Winona, Minn. Around three inches of snow had fallen by noon on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Julian Fischer and his son, Zavoli, 5, take advantage snow by sledding on a hill at Lyndale Farmstead, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. A major winter storm was expected to dump 9 to 15 inches across a broad belt of central Minnesota including the Twin Cities area by Sunday night, and the storm was also to bring heavy snow to parts of western Wisconsin.

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Lee Rients of Willmar, Minn., uses his tractor to clear his driveway Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 during the first major snow storm of the season.

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Mark Hirman of north Willmar clears a neighbor’s sidewalk Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 during the first major snow storm of the season.

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Falling snow and high winds create poor visibility for a Wilmar, Minn. resident using a snowblower, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 during the first major snow storm of the season.