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StormTeam3: Winter Storm Warning in effect Tuesday into Wednesday

Dangerous snow storm conditions are expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

Posted: Nov 25, 2019 3:00 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 3:04 PM

On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of Southern Minnesota and parts of Northern Iowa. This warning signifies that dangerous winter storm conditions are soon expected to occur. In this case, we are anticipating a strong winter storm moving through Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. 

Large swaths of 5-10 inches of snow are expected to fall overnight Tuesday, while winds will be gusting above 40mph late Tuesday through Wednesday. This will make for dangerous driving and outdoors conditions as visibility will be severely reduced and roads will quickly become slippery. At the top end of what is possible, conditions on Tuesday night even have the potential to be classified as a blizzard. 

There is good certainty that the snow will begin Tuesday afternoon (5-10pm), and end by around noon (9am-2pm) Wednesday. There is also good certainty that this storm has the capability to drop a lot of snow in a short amount of time given the large amount of moisture that will be present in the atmosphere. 

One area of contention in the forecasts is the placement of the rain/snow line. Some areas on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning will be warm enough for precipitation to be rain, but the line between rain vs. snow is very thin. As of Monday afternoon, there is good confidence that most of Northeastern Iowa and a sliver of the southeasternmost part of Minnesota will see some rain. Keep in mind though, that any small deviation in where this rain/snow line sits could mean the difference between seeing half an inch of snow, and 6+ inches of snow. The margin is that thin. Some computer models show Mason City Iowa receiving 1 inch of snow, and others show 10 inches. 

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Carver; Dakota; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; McLeod; Nicollet; Rice; Scott; Sibley; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...HOLIDAY TRAVEL WILL BE BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... .A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for portions of southwest, south central, and east central Minnesota, and all of west central Wisconsin starting late Tuesday afternoon, and continuing through Wednesday morning. The warning includes areas along the Buffalo Ridge in west central Minnesota, and areas southeast of a line from Redwood Falls, to Hutchinson, Clearwater, Princeton and Rush City in Minnesota. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are likely in the warned area, with locally higher amounts possible. In addition, gusty northeast winds Tuesday night will shift to the northwest Wednesday, resulting in areas of blowing snow. Travel could be significantly impacted through at least Wednesday morning. Due to some uncertainties in the snowfall amounts, a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning north of the Minnesota River from Granite Falls to St. Cloud and Milaca. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are still possible in the watch area. Snow will develop across southern Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and spread northeastward across southern, and east central Minnesota, and into west central Wisconsin Tuesday night. The snow will be heavy at times. Snow will end from west to east Wednesday morning, but blowing snow could continue into the afternoon. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to noon CST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning 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; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Strong Winter Storm with Heavy Snow and Potent Winds to Impact Western and Northern Iowa Late Tuesday into Wednesday Morning... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Moderate to heavy Snow and strong north to northwest winds. Near Blizzard conditions are expected in far northern Iowa. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Highest amounts will be near the Minnesota border. Winds gusting from 35 to 45 mph with a few of up to 50 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of western and northern Iowa.

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to noon CST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel is likely to become very difficult with significant blowing snow reducing visibility and even leading to near blizzard conditions at times. In addition, slick and snow covered roads will lead to treacherous traveling conditions.

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 Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Carroll; Franklin

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Strong Winter Storm with Heavy Snow and Potent Winds to Impact Western and Northern Iowa Late Tuesday into Wednesday Morning... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Moderate snow and some light mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of West Central into Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to noon CST Wednesday.

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

Slow down and use caution while traveling. 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; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Hazardous Travel Expected Tuesday Night into Wednesday... .A winter storm will result in hazardous driving conditions Tuesday night into Wednesday with significant snowfall for much of the area. A band of 5 to locally 10 inches of accumulation is expected across portions of north-central Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and west-central into north-central Wisconsin. In addition, gusty winds will result in some blowing snow and poor visibility. As precipitation tapers off Wednesday morning, some areas could see a brief period of light freezing drizzle which may result in a light glaze of ice. There will be a sharp cutoff to the southern edge of the accumulating snow, and where this transition zone sets up will determine which areas see more snow versus rain. A slight shift in storm track or a slight variation in temperature will have big impacts on storm total snowfall. If you plan to travel Tuesday night or Wednesday, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination, pack an emergency kit, and monitor the latest forecast. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. A light glaze of ice possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

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

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to 6 PM CST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will become very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Wednesday morning 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 Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Floyd; Howard

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Hazardous Travel Expected Tuesday Night into Wednesday... .A winter storm will result in hazardous driving conditions Tuesday night into Wednesday with significant snowfall for much of the area. A band of 5 to locally 10 inches of accumulation is expected across portions of north-central Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and west-central into north-central Wisconsin. In addition, gusty winds will result in some blowing snow and poor visibility. As precipitation tapers off Wednesday morning, some areas could see a brief period of light freezing drizzle which may result in a light glaze of ice. There will be a sharp cutoff to the southern edge of the accumulating snow, and where this transition zone sets up will determine which areas see more snow versus rain. A slight shift in storm track or a slight variation in temperature will have big impacts on storm total snowfall. If you plan to travel Tuesday night or Wednesday, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination, pack an emergency kit, and monitor the latest forecast. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. A light light glaze of ice possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE...Howard and Floyd Counties.

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to 6 PM CST Wednesday.

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

Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Hazardous Travel Expected Tuesday Night into Wednesday... .A winter storm will result in hazardous driving conditions Tuesday night into Wednesday with significant snowfall for much of the area. A band of 5 to locally 10 inches of accumulation is expected across portions of north-central Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and west-central into north-central Wisconsin. In addition, gusty winds will result in some blowing snow and poor visibility. As precipitation tapers off Wednesday morning, some areas could see a brief period of light freezing drizzle which may result in a light glaze of ice. There will be a sharp cutoff to the southern edge of the accumulating snow, and where this transition zone sets up will determine which areas see more snow versus rain. A slight shift in storm track or a slight variation in temperature will have big impacts on storm total snowfall. If you plan to travel Tuesday night or Wednesday, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination, pack an emergency kit, and monitor the latest forecast. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. A light glaze of ice possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

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

* WHEN...From 6 PM Tuesday to 6 PM CST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will become very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Wednesday morning 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.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 125531

Reported Deaths: 2299
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Hennepin32544966
Ramsey13430347
Dakota9321134
Anoka8154148
Stearns544336
Washington530567
Scott320934
Olmsted308929
St. Louis268963
Wright229614
Nobles216416
Clay207343
Blue Earth19717
Carver17077
Rice15819
Kandiyohi15704
Sherburne156621
Mower149113
Winona119918
Lyon9286
Crow Wing91521
Waseca9119
Chisago8792
Benton8575
Beltrami7977
Otter Tail7726
Todd7323
Steele7242
Itasca68417
Nicollet68217
Freeborn6384
Morrison6296
Douglas6123
Martin58916
Le Sueur5855
McLeod5693
Watonwan5684
Goodhue51511
Pine5110
Becker5033
Polk5024
Isanti4953
Chippewa3973
Carlton3861
Dodge3660
Mille Lacs36010
Hubbard3352
Pipestone32816
Wabasha3270
Cass3205
Meeker3113
Rock3011
Brown3003
Yellow Medicine2675
Cottonwood2640
Murray2533
Redwood25011
Fillmore2380
Sibley2383
Renville23011
Faribault2130
Roseau1990
Jackson1981
Wadena1980
Unassigned19553
Swift1921
Kanabec18910
Houston1811
Stevens1681
Lincoln1670
Pennington1651
Koochiching1624
Aitkin1562
Pope1480
Big Stone1280
Wilkin1254
Lac qui Parle1242
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Cook110

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Confirmed Cases: 108620

Reported Deaths: 1562
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Polk18087283
Woodbury685392
Johnson566030
Black Hawk526596
Linn5114127
Dubuque476354
Scott410537
Story387418
Dallas331043
Pottawattamie299844
Sioux230414
Buena Vista220412
Marshall193736
Webster172814
Plymouth154426
Wapello147562
Clinton136926
Muscatine136158
Crawford132112
Cerro Gordo126323
Des Moines12409
Warren11596
Carroll10388
Jasper103034
Henry9865
Marion93510
Tama90737
Lee8819
Wright6951
Delaware6898
Dickinson6877
Boone6819
Mahaska63723
Bremer6239
Washington61111
Harrison5868
Jackson5393
Benton5211
Lyon5177
Louisa49415
Clay4884
Hamilton4513
Winneshiek4479
Winnebago44517
Hardin4315
Poweshiek43011
Kossuth4280
Floyd41811
Jones4133
Buchanan4033
Emmet40214
Cedar3935
Iowa3848
Franklin37518
Guthrie37215
Sac3694
Cherokee3682
Page3620
Clayton3533
Shelby3511
Butler3472
Fayette3462
Madison3442
Cass3402
Mills3391
Allamakee3358
Chickasaw3271
Clarke3163
Humboldt2993
Palo Alto2912
Hancock2864
Grundy2834
Calhoun2724
Howard2519
Osceola2480
Monroe24511
Mitchell2360
Monona2311
Taylor2252
Union2164
Pocahontas2112
Appanoose2063
Jefferson2031
Lucas1896
Fremont1821
Ida1792
Greene1740
Van Buren1622
Davis1584
Montgomery1585
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Audubon1341
Worth1300
Decatur1290
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