Update: Blizzard Warning extended to 9 p.m.

Given the tremendous high impact of this blizzard, including road closures, rescues, and strong winds, the blizzard warning will be extended into the evening hours.

Posted: Feb 23, 2019 2:12 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2019 4:06 PM

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Wind Chill Advisory
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Brown; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; Martin; Nicollet; Rice; Sibley; Steele; Waseca; Watonwan

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM CONTINUES TODAY AS WINDS INCREASE WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW... .A Blizzard Warning will continue through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin along and south of I- 94. This includes southern portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more suburban areas, as well as Ladysmith, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire Wisconsin. The Blizzard Warning across the southern third of Minnesota through parts of West Central WI has been extended until 9PM tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the counties north of the Twin Cities through 6PM this evening. Wind gusts near 50 mph will continue this afternoon, which will result in widespread whiteout conditions in the Blizzard Warning area. Winds will begin to weaken some this evening, but far southern MN and parts of west central WI will continue to see significant blowing and drifting through 9PM. Travel will be very dangerous or impossible as roads become or remain drifted shut. Widespread road closures and abandoned vehicles have been reported. DO NOT TRAVEL. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for tonight the area as temperatures fall below zero and lead to Wind Chill values in the -25 to -35 degree range, which will last into Monday morning. ...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM CST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with whiteout conditions. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 9 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 8 AM CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills 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 and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found at 511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Brown; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; Martin; Nicollet; Rice; Sibley; Steele; Waseca; Watonwan

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM CONTINUES TODAY AS WINDS INCREASE WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW... .A Blizzard Warning will continue through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin along and south of I- 94. This includes southern portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more suburban areas, as well as Ladysmith, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire Wisconsin. The Blizzard Warning across the southern third of Minnesota through parts of West Central WI has been extended until 9PM tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the counties north of the Twin Cities through 6PM this evening. Wind gusts near 50 mph will continue this afternoon, which will result in widespread whiteout conditions in the Blizzard Warning area. Winds will begin to weaken some this evening, but far southern MN and parts of west central WI will continue to see significant blowing and drifting through 9PM. Travel will be very dangerous or impossible as roads become or remain drifted shut. Widespread road closures and abandoned vehicles have been reported. DO NOT TRAVEL. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for tonight the area as temperatures fall below zero and lead to Wind Chill values in the -25 to -35 degree range, which will last into Monday morning. ...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM CST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with whiteout conditions. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 9 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 8 AM CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills 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 and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found at 511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Blizzard Conditions Persist across Northern Iowa this Evening... ...Dangerous Wind Chills North Overnight... .Even though snow accumulations have ended, very strong northwest winds continue to produce ground blizzard conditions today in areas north and west of Des Moines and will remain in place over northern Iowa into the evening. Visibilities will be reduced to less than one quarter of a mile, especially over open and rural areas. Areas that received lesser snowfall last night will see blowing snow impacts as well, just not as significant as where snowfall was heavier in western and northern Iowa. Travel will be very difficult and potentially dangerous today. Winds will begin weakening later this afternoon or this evening. ...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM CST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 9 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 8 AM CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions with widespread blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. Whiteout conditions are expected at times in open, rural areas. Multiple roads are closed or impassable with tow bans in effect. Interstate 35 is closed from Ames to the Minnesota border. The cold wind chills 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 and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Wind Chill Advisory
Areas Affected: Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Blizzard Conditions Persist across Northern Iowa this Evening... ...Dangerous Wind Chills North Overnight... .Even though snow accumulations have ended, very strong northwest winds continue to produce ground blizzard conditions today in areas north and west of Des Moines and will remain in place over northern Iowa into the evening. Visibilities will be reduced to less than one quarter of a mile, especially over open and rural areas. Areas that received lesser snowfall last night will see blowing snow impacts as well, just not as significant as where snowfall was heavier in western and northern Iowa. Travel will be very difficult and potentially dangerous today. Winds will begin weakening later this afternoon or this evening. ...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM CST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Very cold wind chills expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero expected.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 9 PM CST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 8 AM CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions with widespread blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. Whiteout conditions are expected at times in open, rural areas. Multiple roads are closed or impassable with tow bans in effect. Interstate 35 is closed from Ames to the Minnesota border. The cold wind chills 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 and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Travel Not Recommended or Impossible For Some Areas... ...Dangerous Blizzard Conditions Continue... .The impact from this latest winter storm continues to be felt with numerous roads around the region impassable or closed due to deep snow, snow drifts, and strong winds creating white out conditions. Wind gusts remain high, in the 45 to 55 mph range. Many local officials are urging people to not travel. Those that do venture out have been getting stuck and rescued. Blizzard warnings have been extended into the evening hours for the high impact that is being felt across northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, into north central Wisconsin. Winds will begin to diminish this evening, but impact will last well into tonight and Monday morning. Elsewhere travel is also difficult to dangerous. Lots of blowing snow has been reported in north central Wisconsin, where people claim they are experiencing white outs in open country. There has also been reports of roof collapses due to the weight of snow. State transportation departments recommend NO travel across most of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota into portions of northwest Wisconsin. Do NOT travel in these areas unless of dire emergency. If you do, and get stuck - emergency services may not be able to reach you for a long time. Stay in your vehicle. In addition, the winds could cause tree damage and possibly power outages. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Dangerous travel in blizzard conditions. Winds gusting as high as 50 to 55 mph.

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

* WHEN...Until 9 PM CST this evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be difficult to impossible, with road closures occurring. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. White-out conditions at times. Strong winds could bring down tree branches.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, and in Minnesota at 511mn.org.

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

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Travel Not Recommended or Impossible For Some Areas... ...Dangerous Blizzard Conditions Continue... .The impact from this latest winter storm continues to be felt with numerous roads around the region impassable or closed due to deep snow, snow drifts, and strong winds creating white out conditions. Wind gusts remain high, in the 45 to 55 mph range. Many local officials are urging people to not travel. Those that do venture out have been getting stuck and rescued. Blizzard warnings have been extended into the evening hours for the high impact that is being felt across northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, into north central Wisconsin. Winds will begin to diminish this evening, but impact will last well into tonight and Monday morning. Elsewhere travel is also difficult to dangerous. Lots of blowing snow has been reported in north central Wisconsin, where people claim they are experiencing white outs in open country. There has also been reports of roof collapses due to the weight of snow. State transportation departments recommend NO travel across most of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota into portions of northwest Wisconsin. Do NOT travel in these areas unless of dire emergency. If you do, and get stuck - emergency services may not be able to reach you for a long time. Stay in your vehicle. In addition, the winds could cause tree damage and possibly power outages. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Dangerous travel in blizzard conditions. Winds gusting as high as 50 to 55 mph.

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

* WHEN...Until 9 PM CST this evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be difficult to impossible, with road closures occurring. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. White-out conditions at times. Strong winds could bring down tree branches.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, and in Minnesota at 511mn.org.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 489116

Reported Deaths: 6614
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1014901592
Ramsey43327810
Dakota36619394
Anoka33496391
Washington22208262
Stearns18822202
St. Louis14887265
Scott13403107
Wright12609116
Olmsted1185990
Sherburne878574
Carver787641
Clay695588
Rice677691
Blue Earth601035
Kandiyohi581274
Crow Wing523582
Chisago501745
Otter Tail486071
Benton450990
Winona419749
Mower410831
Douglas394568
Goodhue389069
Nobles387247
Polk345063
McLeod341250
Beltrami338951
Morrison327747
Becker314842
Itasca314646
Lyon313845
Isanti309456
Steele303611
Carlton300449
Freeborn286424
Pine283216
Nicollet262441
Todd249730
Brown248237
Le Sueur238120
Mille Lacs229447
Cass221224
Waseca210417
Meeker208134
Martin190829
Wabasha18733
Roseau181017
Hubbard161041
Houston158214
Dodge15404
Renville152640
Redwood147127
Fillmore13969
Pennington138716
Chippewa136935
Cottonwood136020
Wadena131420
Faribault124917
Aitkin119133
Sibley118310
Watonwan11828
Rock116314
Kanabec108820
Pipestone101824
Yellow Medicine97717
Murray9548
Jackson94610
Swift87818
Pope8165
Marshall78615
Stevens7478
Lake74218
Clearwater72014
Lac qui Parle68716
Wilkin67711
Koochiching62111
Big Stone5173
Lincoln5122
Grant4928
Norman4798
Unassigned44768
Mahnomen4437
Kittson41021
Red Lake3615
Traverse3115
Lake of the Woods2221
Cook1190

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 337676

Reported Deaths: 5494
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk52087560
Linn19512317
Scott17167212
Black Hawk14970293
Woodbury13847214
Johnson1317075
Dubuque12450196
Dallas1022593
Pottawattamie9897146
Story965045
Warren514976
Clinton502684
Cerro Gordo501383
Webster495788
Sioux480369
Marshall465273
Des Moines428461
Muscatine426393
Buena Vista413237
Wapello4059110
Jasper387767
Plymouth368978
Lee354653
Marion341571
Jones285155
Henry279837
Bremer270555
Carroll266948
Crawford253635
Boone244330
Benton241154
Washington239547
Mahaska215746
Jackson210339
Dickinson204240
Tama203065
Kossuth198655
Delaware186240
Clay184425
Winneshiek183628
Fayette179335
Page178119
Buchanan177829
Wright174531
Hamilton173942
Cedar172723
Hardin170239
Harrison167670
Clayton160254
Butler159331
Mills148520
Floyd148141
Poweshiek148030
Cherokee146236
Lyon145741
Allamakee144848
Madison143218
Iowa140723
Hancock138030
Grundy132430
Winnebago130531
Calhoun129611
Cass129651
Jefferson128634
Appanoose123247
Louisa122644
Mitchell120740
Chickasaw119915
Union119331
Sac118818
Shelby117634
Emmet115340
Humboldt113725
Franklin109719
Guthrie109628
Palo Alto101721
Howard99722
Unassigned9720
Montgomery96936
Clarke95120
Keokuk92429
Monroe90028
Ida81832
Adair81630
Pocahontas80919
Davis76623
Monona76527
Greene73110
Lucas72221
Osceola68315
Worth6678
Taylor64112
Decatur5719
Fremont5619
Van Buren53718
Ringgold50620
Audubon4759
Wayne47221
Adams3194
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