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Posted: Feb 22, 2019 7:05 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2019 9:18 AM

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Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Audubon; Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Greene; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Icy Conditions Continue this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Freezing rain will persist until around 9 AM today for areas north of Interstate 80. Temperatures will warm enough to change some areas across central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro, Ames, and Webster City over to rain by mid-morning. The wintry mix will persist however for northern and northwest Iowa through the day. Travel difficulties will continue for areas where freezing rain persists today. By late afternoon and evening, much colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Wintry mixed precipitation through today with light glazing expected. Snow will develop by late afternoon, becoming heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday to produce Blizzard conditions.

* WHERE...North and North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Audubon; Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Greene; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Icy Conditions Continue this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Freezing rain will persist until around 9 AM today for areas north of Interstate 80. Temperatures will warm enough to change some areas across central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro, Ames, and Webster City over to rain by mid-morning. The wintry mix will persist however for northern and northwest Iowa through the day. Travel difficulties will continue for areas where freezing rain persists today. By late afternoon and evening, much colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Wintry mixed precipitation through today with light glazing expected. Snow will develop by late afternoon, becoming heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday to produce Blizzard conditions.

* WHERE...North and North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Boone; Cass; Franklin; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Icy Conditions Continue this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Freezing rain will persist until around 9 AM today for areas north of Interstate 80. Temperatures will warm enough to change some areas across central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro, Ames, and Webster City over to rain by mid-morning. The wintry mix will persist however for northern and northwest Iowa through the day. Travel difficulties will continue for areas where freezing rain persists today. By late afternoon and evening, much colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Wintry mixed precipitation until 9 AM today. Snow to develop by 6 PM, becoming heavy heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday will produce Blizzard Conditions.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Boone; Cass; Franklin; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Icy Conditions Continue this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Freezing rain will persist until around 9 AM today for areas north of Interstate 80. Temperatures will warm enough to change some areas across central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro, Ames, and Webster City over to rain by mid-morning. The wintry mix will persist however for northern and northwest Iowa through the day. Travel difficulties will continue for areas where freezing rain persists today. By late afternoon and evening, much colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Wintry mixed precipitation until 9 AM today. Snow to develop by 6 PM, becoming heavy heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday will produce Blizzard Conditions.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. 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)
...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .A dangerous winter storm will bring heavy snow and very strong winds to the region tonight, persisting into Sunday. The worst conditions, and potentially life threatening, will be across parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa where the mix of snow and wind will result in blizzard conditions. The heart of the storm moves in by early evening, transitioning from rain to snow from west to east. The heavy snow axis is currently expected to setup from around Austin and Rochester Minnesota to Medford Wisconsin. Amounts from 8 to 12 inches are possible, tapering off west and east of there. 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates will be common tonight. Winds will be on the increase from the northwest overnight, sustained from 20 to 35 mph with gusts upwards of 45 to 50. White-out conditions are expected for open and unsheltered areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa overnight through parts of Sunday. Localized white-out conditions can be expected in other wind prone areas, including ridge-tops. While the bulk of the snow will have fallen by mid morning Sunday, the strong winds will continue the dangerous conditions (blowing, drifting, severe reductions to visibilities) through the afternoon. Travel will quickly become treacherous tonight and potentially impossible for some. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation this morning. Snow accumulations up to 1 inch and a glaze of ice possible. Blizzard conditions tonight into Sunday. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, higher in southeast Minnesota. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST this morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty 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. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at 511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .A dangerous winter storm will bring heavy snow and very strong winds to the region tonight, persisting into Sunday. The worst conditions, and potentially life threatening, will be across parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa where the mix of snow and wind will result in blizzard conditions. The heart of the storm moves in by early evening, transitioning from rain to snow from west to east. The heavy snow axis is currently expected to setup from around Austin and Rochester Minnesota to Medford Wisconsin. Amounts from 8 to 12 inches are possible, tapering off west and east of there. 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates will be common tonight. Winds will be on the increase from the northwest overnight, sustained from 20 to 35 mph with gusts upwards of 45 to 50. White-out conditions are expected for open and unsheltered areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa overnight through parts of Sunday. Localized white-out conditions can be expected in other wind prone areas, including ridge-tops. While the bulk of the snow will have fallen by mid morning Sunday, the strong winds will continue the dangerous conditions (blowing, drifting, severe reductions to visibilities) through the afternoon. Travel will quickly become treacherous tonight and potentially impossible for some. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation this morning. Snow accumulations up to 1 inch and a glaze of ice possible. Blizzard conditions tonight into Sunday. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, higher in southeast Minnesota. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST this morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty 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. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at 511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.

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

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .A dangerous winter storm will bring heavy snow and very strong winds to the region tonight, persisting into Sunday. The worst conditions, and potentially life threatening, will be across parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa where the mix of snow and wind will result in blizzard conditions. The heart of the storm moves in by early evening, transitioning from rain to snow from west to east. The heavy snow axis is currently expected to setup from around Austin and Rochester Minnesota to Medford Wisconsin. Amounts from 8 to 12 inches are possible, tapering off west and east of there. 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates will be common tonight. Winds will be on the increase from the northwest overnight, sustained from 20 to 35 mph with gusts upwards of 45 to 50. White-out conditions are expected for open and unsheltered areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa overnight through parts of Sunday. Localized white-out conditions can be expected in other wind prone areas, including ridge-tops. While the bulk of the snow will have fallen by mid morning Sunday, the strong winds will continue the dangerous conditions (blowing, drifting, severe reductions to visibilities) through the afternoon. Travel will quickly become treacherous tonight and potentially impossible for some. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation this morning. Snow accumulations up to 1 inch and a glaze of ice possible. Blizzard conditions tonight into Sunday. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, higher in southeast Minnesota. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST this morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty 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. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at 511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .A dangerous winter storm will bring heavy snow and very strong winds to the region tonight, persisting into Sunday. The worst conditions, and potentially life threatening, will be across parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa where the mix of snow and wind will result in blizzard conditions. The heart of the storm moves in by early evening, transitioning from rain to snow from west to east. The heavy snow axis is currently expected to setup from around Austin and Rochester Minnesota to Medford Wisconsin. Amounts from 8 to 12 inches are possible, tapering off west and east of there. 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates will be common tonight. Winds will be on the increase from the northwest overnight, sustained from 20 to 35 mph with gusts upwards of 45 to 50. White-out conditions are expected for open and unsheltered areas of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa overnight through parts of Sunday. Localized white-out conditions can be expected in other wind prone areas, including ridge-tops. While the bulk of the snow will have fallen by mid morning Sunday, the strong winds will continue the dangerous conditions (blowing, drifting, severe reductions to visibilities) through the afternoon. Travel will quickly become treacherous tonight and potentially impossible for some. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation this morning. Snow accumulations up to 1 inch and a glaze of ice possible. Blizzard conditions tonight into Sunday. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, higher in southeast Minnesota. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST this morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty 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. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at 511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY... .A Winter Weather Advisory continues through Saturday morning for portions of west central Wisconsin through southeastern Minnesota, specifically along and east of a line from Blue Earth to Faribault in Minnesota, continuing to River Falls and Bloomer in Wisconsin. Snowfall accumulations of up to around 2 inches along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accretion can be expected through Saturday morning. A stronger system is expected for Saturday night through Sunday when accumulating snow plus blowing snow will impact travel, including blizzard conditions for much of southern and western Minnesota. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin south of I-94. This includes southern portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more suburban areas. Within the Blizzard Warning, snow accumulations will range from 1 to 3 inches in the west near the South Dakota border to 6 to 8 inches along Interstate 35 and east. The snow is expected from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday, followed by strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph for most of the day Sunday. This could lead to whiteout conditions, making travel very difficult or impossible in the open areas of western, central, and southern Minnesota, and far western Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for St Croix, Barron, Rusk, Chippewa, and Eau Claire counties. Within the Winter Storm Warning, snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches can be expected with localized higher amounts possible. The snow is expected Saturday evening through Sunday morning, followed by strong winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph for most of the day Sunday. This may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, making travel difficult for portions of far southeastern Minnesota into west central Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the counties along I-94 for the potential of 1 to 4 inches of snow and very strong wind. Winds could gust as high as 40 to 45 mph which could lead to very low visibility and dangerous travel. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation today followed by blizzard conditions tonight and Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph.

* WHERE...Waseca, Steele, Faribault and Freeborn Counties.

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult or impossible Saturday night into Sunday.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. 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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. 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.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY... .A Winter Weather Advisory continues through Saturday morning for portions of west central Wisconsin through southeastern Minnesota, specifically along and east of a line from Blue Earth to Faribault in Minnesota, continuing to River Falls and Bloomer in Wisconsin. Snowfall accumulations of up to around 2 inches along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accretion can be expected through Saturday morning. A stronger system is expected for Saturday night through Sunday when accumulating snow plus blowing snow will impact travel, including blizzard conditions for much of southern and western Minnesota. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin south of I-94. This includes southern portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more suburban areas. Within the Blizzard Warning, snow accumulations will range from 1 to 3 inches in the west near the South Dakota border to 6 to 8 inches along Interstate 35 and east. The snow is expected from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday, followed by strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph for most of the day Sunday. This could lead to whiteout conditions, making travel very difficult or impossible in the open areas of western, central, and southern Minnesota, and far western Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for St Croix, Barron, Rusk, Chippewa, and Eau Claire counties. Within the Winter Storm Warning, snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches can be expected with localized higher amounts possible. The snow is expected Saturday evening through Sunday morning, followed by strong winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph for most of the day Sunday. This may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, making travel difficult for portions of far southeastern Minnesota into west central Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the counties along I-94 for the potential of 1 to 4 inches of snow and very strong wind. Winds could gust as high as 40 to 45 mph which could lead to very low visibility and dangerous travel. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation today followed by blizzard conditions tonight and Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph.

* WHERE...Waseca, Steele, Faribault and Freeborn Counties.

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult or impossible Saturday night into Sunday.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. 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 Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. 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.

 

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