Storm Team 3: Saturday morning update on the snow

Late season snow storm hitting the area Saturday

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 3:01 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2019 8:52 AM

Saturday morning update: The NWS has downgraded the Rochester area from a Winter Storm Warning to a Winter Weather Advisory.  The heaviest swath of snow has shifted just a little farther south meaning the heavy snowfall could hit areas like Austin, Albert Lea, and now, Mason City.  Those sections could now see between 4"-8" while Rochester may only see 1"-3".  The precipitation will end by this evening.  Slippery road conditions, strong winds, and chilly temperatures will linger into tonight.  More updates coming.

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All eyes are on the major spring storm expected to drop snowfall in the Midwest. The fast-moving, potent low will sling in a heavy band of snowfall starting on Saturday morning and potentially lasting until Saturday evening. To get accumulating snow this time of year, you need a storm that will produce heavy snowfall -- this storm has that potential. The warm ground will shrink the snow-pack where sections of our viewing area could see 3"-6" of snow, with isolated higher amounts where the narrow heavy swatch sets up. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for the viewing area for most of Saturday.  

The main impacts will be deteriorating roads, reduced visibilities, windy conditions, and cold air for this time of year. Snowfall will be a very slushy and cement-like which will cause problems while shoveling and trying to drive. A widespread freeze is likely Saturday night and Sunday morning with lows plummeting into the 20s. Another band of rain and even light snow moves in by Sunday night, too. Next week will remain below average for highs and very active.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
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Hi: 63° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 56°
Albert Lea
Clear
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Hi: 66° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 55°
Austin
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Charles City
Overcast
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Hi: 65° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Rochester
Clear
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Hi: 66° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 51°
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