StormTeam 3: Sleet, ice, wind and snow showers into Saturday morning

Moderate to Heavy Snow Moving Into the Area Today then Changing to a Wintry Mix Tonight

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 4:37 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2020 9:18 PM

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Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Marshall; Story; Tama; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Periods of moderate to heavy snow will change to freezing drizzle toward sunset into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Intense snow rates today will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact this evening's commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Hazardous to dangerous travel is expected on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop creating near whiteout conditions at times.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Douglas; Faribault; Freeborn; Le Sueur; McLeod; Meeker; Nicollet; Sibley; Stearns; Todd; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...WINTER STORM WARNING TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A BLIZZARD WARNING SATURDAY FOR WESTERN INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... ...WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH SATURDAY FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... .Snow, heavy at times through the early evening, will begin to taper off to light snow overnight. Blowing snow, with significant reduction in surface visibility, will occur late tonight as winds increase from the northwest. The worst conditions will occur in west central, and into south central Minnesota. Surface visibility will be near zero at times, especially in open country. In addition, falling temperatures will lead to icy roads and very cold temperatures, especially on Saturday. This storm will impact travel. Expect snow-covered roads followed by strong winds, blowing snow and falling temperatures. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Snow, heavy at times through early evening, then snow tapering off to light snow overnight. The snow may mix with freezing drizzle this evening in southern Minnesota. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds this evening will be 25 to 30 mph causing poor visibility in the snow. On Saturday, northwest winds will gust as high as 45 mph with poor visibility in the blowing snow.

* WHERE...Portions of central, south central and west central Minnesota. Generally from Alexandria to Hutchinson to Albert Lea.

* WHEN...The warning continues through 6 PM CST Saturday. Strong winds with poor visibility developing on Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Calhoun; Emmet; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, snow will change to freezing drizzle into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times. For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected with gusts as high as 50 mph on Saturday.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 AM CST Saturday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 AM to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and significantly reduced visibility. Hazardous to dangerous travel conditions will impact the evening commute and are expected on Saturday. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Moderate to heavy snow will create near whiteout conditions at times through this afternoon until the precipitation changes to freezing drizzle. Blizzard conditions are expected to develop on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning
Areas Affected: Calhoun; Emmet; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, snow will change to freezing drizzle into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times. For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected with gusts as high as 50 mph on Saturday.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 AM CST Saturday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 AM to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and significantly reduced visibility. Hazardous to dangerous travel conditions will impact the evening commute and are expected on Saturday. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Moderate to heavy snow will create near whiteout conditions at times through this afternoon until the precipitation changes to freezing drizzle. Blizzard conditions are expected to develop on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Snow Increasing With Slippery Travel Developing... .A band of moderate to heavy snow across northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota will move into western Wisconsin through the remainder of this afternoon. Snowfall rates may reach an inch per hour with visibility reduced to under one quarter mile at times. Roads quickly will become snow covered and travel hazardous with the onset of the snow. A light wintry mix will occur behind the initial band of snow this evening and tonight, with light snow and ice accumulations possible. As the storm departs the region on Saturday, strong northwest winds will produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially across northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota along with the higher terrain locations of western Wisconsin. Rapidly cooling temperatures will also cause wet roads to freeze during the day. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow this afternoon changing to a light wintry mix overnight and then light snow Saturday. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Chickasaw, Floyd and Mitchell Counties.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Friday evening commute.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Snow Increasing With Slippery Travel Developing... .A band of moderate to heavy snow across northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota will move into western Wisconsin through the remainder of this afternoon. Snowfall rates may reach an inch per hour with visibility reduced to under one quarter mile at times. Roads quickly will become snow covered and travel hazardous with the onset of the snow. A light wintry mix will occur behind the initial band of snow this evening and tonight, with light snow and ice accumulations possible. As the storm departs the region on Saturday, strong northwest winds will produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially across northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota along with the higher terrain locations of western Wisconsin. Rapidly cooling temperatures will also cause wet roads to freeze during the day. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow this afternoon changing to a light wintry mix overnight and then light snow Saturday. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

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

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Friday evening commute.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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