- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Strong north winds are likely to produce blizzard-like conditions this afternoon and evening in Minnesota along the Red River Valley.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning that will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

It says wind gusts could reach 50 mph. Two to 5 inches of snow are expected to fall from late Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

The storm should help clear the air in Minnesota as it moves through. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health alert for the southwestern part of the state on Monday.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Place says the pollution has been caused by particles blown north from wildfires in Kansas. She says the storm coming through will take care of the problem by dispersing the particles.

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