Winter Storm Watch issued for Feb 23-24: Heavy snow, winds reaching 45-50 mph predicted

Gusty winds combined with the icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Adair; Adams; Audubon; Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Butler; Cass; Dallas; Franklin; Greene; Grundy; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin; Madison; Marshall; Polk; Ringgold; Story; Taylor; Union; Webster; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Storm Potential For Late Saturday Through Sunday... .A potent winter storm system will move through the southern Plains and lift northeastward across Iowa through the weekend. This system will bring many different types of weather to Iowa. Initially a period of icing is expected across northern Iowa Saturday afternoon with rain further south. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday night, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of this narrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds to increase across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This will cause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzard conditions especially in rural areas. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy wintry mixed precipitation Saturday evening changing over to all snow Saturday night is possible. Areas of blowing snow are possible late Saturday night through Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches, locally higher amounts possible in a narrow band of snow that is expected to develop. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Southwest, central and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times, especially in rural areas. Gusty winds and icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Winnebago; Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Storm Potential For Late Saturday Through Sunday... .A potent winter storm system will move through the southern Plains and lift northeastward across Iowa through the weekend. This system will bring many different types of weather to Iowa. Initially a period of icing is expected across northern Iowa Saturday afternoon with rain further south. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday night, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of this narrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds to increase across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This will cause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzard conditions especially in rural areas. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy wintry mixed precipitation Saturday afternoon changing to all snow Saturday night. Areas of blowing snow Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, locally higher amounts possible in a narrow band of snow that is expected to develop. Ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...West central into north central Iowa.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to less than 1/2 mile at times. Gusty winds combined with the icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Winter Storm Likely to Cause Travel Impacts this Weekend... .A strong winter storm is expected to move through the area Saturday night through Sunday, producing a band of heavy snow along with some light icing. Snowfall accumulations in the heaviest band are expected to be in the 4 to 9 inch range, though confidence in where the heaviest band will set up is somewhat low. In addition to the heavy snow, winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and unsheltered areas. Keep up to date on the forecast and plan ahead for travel impacts this weekend. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and light mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches and a light glaze of ice possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of west central to central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could also significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Winter Storm Likely to Cause Travel Impacts this Weekend... .A strong winter storm is expected to move through the area Saturday night through Sunday, producing a band of heavy snow along with some light icing. Snowfall accumulations in the heaviest band are expected to be in the 4 to 9 inch range, though confidence in where the heaviest band will set up is somewhat low. In addition to the heavy snow, winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and unsheltered areas. Keep up to date on the forecast and plan ahead for travel impacts this weekend. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and light mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches and a light glaze of ice possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of west central to central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could also significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Rice; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...HEAVY SNOW AND ACCUMULATING SNOW POSSIBLE FOR SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON... .A potent winter storm will arrive from the Plains Saturday and move into the Great Lakes on Sunday. Significant accumulating snow along with strong winds are possible over much of southeastern Minnesota into western Wisconsin Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for areas along and east of a line from Rice Lake to New Richmond Wisconsin, continuing to Faribault to Blue Earth Minnesota. Snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are possible, along with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Areas of blowing snow along with the accumulating snow may lead to hazardous driving conditions. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow likely. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult and hazardous due to accumulating snow and blowing snow, producing slippery roads and reduced visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

 

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 604184

Reported Deaths: 7620
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1248631774
Ramsey52480895
Dakota46804470
Anoka42746458
Washington27416291
Stearns22552224
St. Louis18137312
Scott17548135
Wright16370149
Olmsted13391102
Sherburne1201295
Carver1066448
Clay825892
Rice8196110
Blue Earth762543
Crow Wing681594
Kandiyohi667885
Chisago619752
Otter Tail585884
Benton582998
Goodhue483874
Douglas475381
Mower470733
Winona461251
Itasca459263
Isanti439964
McLeod430361
Morrison424662
Nobles407950
Beltrami407561
Steele397616
Polk389072
Becker386655
Lyon363853
Carlton352756
Freeborn346932
Pine335023
Nicollet331045
Mille Lacs311654
Brown307840
Le Sueur297226
Cass286032
Todd285632
Meeker263142
Waseca238023
Martin235332
Roseau211021
Wabasha20783
Hubbard196441
Dodge18783
Renville182446
Redwood176338
Houston174616
Cottonwood167124
Wadena162823
Fillmore157410
Faribault154419
Chippewa153938
Pennington153820
Kanabec146828
Sibley146810
Aitkin138837
Watonwan13579
Rock128719
Jackson122612
Pipestone116726
Yellow Medicine114920
Pope11296
Murray107010
Swift106918
Koochiching95217
Stevens92411
Clearwater89016
Marshall88817
Wilkin83213
Lake83120
Lac qui Parle75622
Big Stone6044
Grant5938
Lincoln5843
Mahnomen5669
Norman5479
Kittson49022
Unassigned48293
Red Lake4017
Traverse3775
Lake of the Woods3453
Cook1720

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 370914

Reported Deaths: 6048
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58232640
Linn21204339
Scott20306247
Black Hawk16119312
Woodbury15238230
Johnson1461585
Dubuque13506211
Dallas1128999
Pottawattamie11223174
Story1071448
Warren583991
Clinton561493
Cerro Gordo553593
Sioux517074
Webster515494
Muscatine4880106
Marshall486676
Des Moines467271
Wapello4337122
Buena Vista426940
Jasper421172
Plymouth402981
Lee382356
Marion366076
Jones300957
Henry294637
Bremer288261
Carroll286852
Crawford268540
Boone268434
Benton259655
Washington256751
Dickinson249344
Mahaska232351
Jackson225242
Clay216627
Kossuth216166
Tama211871
Delaware210943
Winneshiek198535
Page194522
Buchanan193733
Cedar192223
Hardin187444
Fayette186543
Wright185940
Hamilton181851
Harrison179973
Clayton171057
Butler166235
Madison164619
Mills163724
Floyd163342
Cherokee159338
Lyon158841
Poweshiek157036
Allamakee152652
Hancock150234
Iowa149824
Winnebago144531
Cass139255
Calhoun138913
Grundy137333
Emmet135841
Jefferson133435
Shelby131537
Sac130920
Union129935
Louisa129749
Appanoose129049
Mitchell126643
Chickasaw124717
Franklin123323
Guthrie123232
Humboldt119626
Palo Alto113523
Howard104922
Montgomery103638
Clarke100924
Keokuk96532
Monroe96330
Unassigned9560
Ida91535
Adair87332
Pocahontas85822
Davis85225
Monona82931
Osceola78916
Greene78011
Lucas77923
Worth7598
Taylor66812
Fremont6269
Decatur6169
Van Buren56418
Ringgold56324
Wayne54423
Audubon53411
Adams3444
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