Blizzard warning blankets entire viewing area

If traveling, especially across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, be prepared for dangerous whiteout conditions at times.

Posted: Jan 18, 2020 5:45 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2020 5:35 PM

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Whiteout Conditions at Times for Portions of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa... Strong and gusty northwest winds will continue to provide areas of blowing and drifting snow, with the worst conditions and lowest visibility reported across portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast where whiteouts are occurring. Periods of greatly reduced visibility can also be expected along the higher ridge tops either side of the Mississippi River through the afternoon, though widespread blizzard conditions are not likely. If traveling through the afternoon and early evening, especially over the ridge tops or across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, be prepared that driving will be difficult to even dangerous at times with very low visibility. Additionally, be aware that rapidly falling temperatures will allow any earlier wet roads to refreeze quickly. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Widespread blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions at times, especially outside of cities and towns. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph into late afternoon.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on dangerous travel conditions with significantly lowered visibility, particularly for open and unsheltered areas outside of towns. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling or blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel if at all possible. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Brown; Chippewa; Faribault; Freeborn; Kandiyohi; Lac Qui Parle; Le Sueur; Martin; Nicollet; Pope; Redwood; Renville; Sibley; Steele; Stevens; Swift; Waseca; Watonwan; Yellow Medicine

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...BLIZZARD WARNING CONTINUES FOR WEST CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST, AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... ...WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... .Surface observations and reports from the Minnesota Department of Transportation indicated whiteout conditions in open country in west central, southwest and south central Minnesota since this morning. Sustained wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with occasional gusts of 50 mph were occurring across west central, southwest and south central Minnesota since earlier this morning, and this trend will continue through the afternoon. Elsewhere across central and southern Minnesota, including west central Wisconsin, areas of blowing and drifting snow will continue through the afternoon, with occasional wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph. Most of the measurable snowfall has ended, but the blowing and drifting snow will continue across the region through the afternoon. In addition to the blowing and drifting snow, falling temperatures into the single digits above and below zero will lead to icy roads and very cold wind chills this afternoon. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. No additional snow accumulations. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Minnesota.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The very cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Calhoun; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Blizzard Conditions Continue Across Northern Iowa Today... .Potent northwest winds gusting to 45 to 50 mph will continue to cause blizzard conditions with widespread blowing and drifting snow across northern Iowa today. Whiteout conditions can be expected at times, especially in rural areas. Further south across central and southern Iowa, areas of blowing and drifting snow will still make travel difficult at times in rural areas due to the gusty northwest winds. Dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero are likely by late this afternoon and evening. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural areas. Strong gusty northwest winds to 50 mph. Wind chills of -20 to -25.

* WHERE...Northwest to north central, and west central Iowa.

* WHEN...Through 6 pm this evening.

* IMPACTS...No travel advised in many areas of northwest to north central Iowa due to snow and ice packed roads, combined with near zero visibility especially in rural areas. Gusty winds may damage tree limbs and power lines and lead to power outages.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Whiteout Conditions at Times for Portions of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa... Strong and gusty northwest winds will continue to provide areas of blowing and drifting snow, with the worst conditions and lowest visibility reported across portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast where whiteouts are occurring. Periods of greatly reduced visibility can also be expected along the higher ridge tops either side of the Mississippi River through the afternoon, though widespread blizzard conditions are not likely. If traveling through the afternoon and early evening, especially over the ridge tops or across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, be prepared that driving will be difficult to even dangerous at times with very low visibility. Additionally, be aware that rapidly falling temperatures will allow any earlier wet roads to refreeze quickly. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Widespread blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions at times, especially outside of cities and towns. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph into late afternoon.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on dangerous travel conditions with significantly lowered visibility, particularly for open and unsheltered areas outside of towns. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling or blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel if at all possible. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 447349

Reported Deaths: 6007
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin929301478
Ramsey39917738
Dakota32945340
Anoka30935364
Washington20116227
Stearns17847187
St. Louis13658241
Scott1193296
Wright11598104
Olmsted1045075
Sherburne820665
Carver693436
Clay651680
Rice605268
Kandiyohi553671
Blue Earth539933
Crow Wing482574
Otter Tail456367
Chisago452032
Benton419586
Winona388046
Douglas373966
Nobles369646
Mower364729
Goodhue346858
Polk328256
McLeod324745
Morrison311544
Beltrami309947
Lyon301136
Becker284639
Itasca284543
Isanti282441
Carlton279443
Steele27279
Pine266613
Freeborn244621
Todd231730
Nicollet224036
Brown214734
Mille Lacs214046
Le Sueur209415
Cass207623
Meeker199433
Waseca188916
Wabasha17023
Martin169926
Roseau165416
Hubbard149238
Redwood139627
Renville137239
Houston135613
Dodge13434
Chippewa131032
Cottonwood127018
Fillmore12315
Wadena119916
Rock110112
Sibley10847
Aitkin108033
Watonwan10638
Faribault105716
Pennington99215
Kanabec97418
Pipestone94023
Yellow Medicine93714
Murray8815
Jackson85310
Swift83418
Pope7385
Marshall70315
Stevens7018
Clearwater68514
Lac qui Parle65716
Lake63615
Wilkin6249
Koochiching59510
Lincoln4831
Big Stone4563
Unassigned44168
Grant4298
Norman4238
Mahnomen4107
Kittson37219
Red Lake3164
Traverse2503
Lake of the Woods1931
Cook1140

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 304391

Reported Deaths: 4270
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk45574448
Linn17742274
Scott15414163
Black Hawk13696236
Woodbury12968175
Johnson1207549
Dubuque11348150
Pottawattamie8959112
Dallas885171
Story865434
Webster468271
Cerro Gordo464768
Sioux454456
Clinton449461
Warren440738
Marshall426561
Buena Vista392329
Muscatine388477
Des Moines381041
Plymouth349768
Wapello342398
Jasper321258
Lee315830
Marion303852
Jones270649
Henry263830
Carroll253934
Bremer242648
Crawford229422
Boone217017
Washington216831
Benton209244
Mahaska191836
Jackson191431
Tama186657
Dickinson185026
Delaware173036
Kossuth172143
Clay167319
Wright163624
Fayette161122
Buchanan159123
Hamilton158729
Winneshiek155219
Harrison154862
Hardin154429
Cedar152519
Clayton151348
Butler147324
Page144215
Floyd138836
Cherokee138427
Mills136216
Lyon134832
Poweshiek132424
Hancock129824
Allamakee127627
Iowa124322
Calhoun12209
Grundy120526
Jefferson120124
Madison11999
Winnebago118729
Mitchell116134
Louisa114730
Cass112841
Chickasaw110912
Sac110915
Emmet110431
Appanoose110138
Union108222
Humboldt105319
Guthrie102924
Shelby102126
Franklin101718
Unassigned9230
Palo Alto9049
Keokuk84926
Montgomery84822
Howard83119
Monroe80918
Clarke7927
Pocahontas77611
Ida74130
Davis69121
Greene6917
Adair68720
Lucas6488
Monona64016
Osceola6389
Worth6063
Taylor5919
Fremont5086
Van Buren49612
Decatur4824
Ringgold4289
Audubon4158
Wayne41421
Adams2953
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