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Spring blizzard in North Dakota

A tale of two warnings: Tornado and blizzard potential in Minnesota

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:40 PM -

The low pressure system that's bringing snow to parts of Manitoba and Ontario is causing wacky weather south of the border.

"Blizzard-like conditions are being reported through the Dakotas with several road closures stretching hundreds of kilometres just south of Emerson, Manitoba," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

Some portions of the Dakotas could see up to 25 cm of snow accumulate by the time all is said and done.

Below-freezing temps in the region stand in stark contrast to central Iowa, which is experiencing temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius.

"This intense temperature gradient, coupled with the deepening low pressure system, has prompted several tornado reports in southwestern Minnesota," Dillon says.

READ MORE: Major winter storm brings heavy snow, blizzard conditions to northern Manitoba, Ontario 

But that's not all.

Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese got the Twittervese buzzing with this tweet: 

"It's true," Dillon says.

"The tornado warnings in southwestern Minnesota are accompanied by blizzard warnings in the same county."

Cold conditions are expected to continue through the night, causing rain to eventually changeover to snow.

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