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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.

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We're tracking a rebound of temps and more rain on the way this week.
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