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.

Confirmed Cases: 58640

Reported Deaths: 1677
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin18641828
Ramsey7233261
Dakota4188104
Anoka3515114
Stearns286420
Washington200944
Nobles17536
Olmsted168823
Scott147918
Mower10942
Rice10138
Blue Earth8745
Wright8475
Carver8162
Clay76840
Sherburne7037
Kandiyohi6871
St. Louis48619
Todd4222
Lyon4213
Freeborn3581
Steele3381
Nicollet32913
Benton3153
Watonwan3010
Winona25416
Crow Wing22514
Beltrami2150
Le Sueur2101
Martin2045
Chisago1891
Goodhue1878
Otter Tail1853
Cottonwood1750
Becker1501
McLeod1480
Pipestone1479
Polk1453
Waseca1380
Douglas1360
Itasca13512
Carlton1320
Unassigned13241
Pine1280
Dodge1250
Murray1221
Isanti1160
Chippewa1011
Wabasha870
Brown862
Meeker852
Morrison851
Faribault830
Sibley822
Rock770
Koochiching743
Pennington731
Jackson720
Cass712
Mille Lacs693
Renville625
Fillmore610
Lincoln540
Grant523
Swift521
Yellow Medicine510
Pope460
Roseau460
Houston410
Norman370
Kanabec321
Redwood320
Wilkin323
Hubbard300
Aitkin291
Marshall290
Mahnomen261
Wadena240
Red Lake230
Big Stone220
Lake200
Stevens170
Clearwater150
Traverse100
Lac qui Parle60
Kittson30
Cook20
Lake of the Woods10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 47424

Reported Deaths: 910
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10032206
Woodbury369151
Black Hawk308463
Linn227987
Johnson202116
Dallas184635
Buena Vista179112
Scott165514
Dubuque162331
Marshall142525
Pottawattamie128426
Story114114
Wapello87233
Muscatine84048
Webster7727
Crawford7263
Sioux6143
Cerro Gordo59617
Warren5471
Tama54529
Jasper46626
Wright4551
Plymouth4528
Louisa38014
Dickinson3774
Clinton3623
Washington29310
Boone2442
Hamilton2441
Franklin2339
Bremer2037
Clarke1953
Emmet1882
Carroll1851
Shelby1771
Clay1761
Hardin1730
Marion1620
Allamakee1544
Poweshiek1538
Des Moines1522
Jackson1481
Benton1461
Floyd1432
Mahaska13917
Guthrie1315
Cedar1281
Jones1272
Buchanan1231
Hancock1212
Butler1192
Henry1193
Pocahontas1151
Madison1142
Lyon1092
Lee1073
Cherokee1031
Clayton1023
Harrison1020
Humboldt1001
Delaware991
Taylor960
Iowa941
Monona910
Winneshiek911
Mills850
Page850
Calhoun832
Kossuth830
Sac820
Fayette810
Jefferson800
Palo Alto800
Osceola790
Mitchell780
Winnebago770
Grundy761
Union751
Monroe697
Worth650
Lucas574
Chickasaw540
Montgomery534
Davis521
Cass501
Howard490
Appanoose473
Greene390
Fremont370
Van Buren341
Keokuk331
Ida290
Audubon281
Adair270
Decatur230
Ringgold211
Wayne191
Adams160
Unassigned30
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