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Tracking the weekend storm: Watches and advisories in place for north Iowa, southern MN

Here's a look at everything this weekend has in store, from snow and ice totals to projected road conditions.

Posted: Mar 8, 2019 6:49 AM
Updated: Mar 8, 2019 9:14 PM

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Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Franklin; Hancock; Humboldt; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Weather to Impact Parts of Northern Iowa this Weekend... .A storm system will arrive late tonight into Saturday with a broad area of precipitation to the state. A period of wintry mix or freezing rain will be possible, especially along and north of Highway 20 late tonight into Saturday morning. Much of the region may transition to all rain late Saturday morning and into the afternoon. A transition to snow is expected over the far north with moderate accumulations possible. Strong west to northwest winds will develop late Saturday afternoon and into Sunday. These winds may cause significant blowing and drifting of newly fallen snow. Higher snow fall amounts are forecast just north of the Iowa/Minnesota border. A slight shift south with this storm track may lead to significant blowing and drifting of snow. Elsewhere, the rain and above freezing temperatures should immobilize the current snow pack and greatly minimize blowing and drifting. Please monitor later forecasts for additional details. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 10 AM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. A wintry mix late tonight into Saturday morning. Some ice accumulations are possible.

* WHERE...Portions of North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...From 3 AM to 10 AM CST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on the potential for icy roads and walkways prior to warmer air arriving mid to late Saturday morning.

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: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Difficult Travel This Weekend... .Expect difficult travel at times from Saturday through Sunday morning with snow covered roads and light ice accumulations. A wintry mix will overspread the area Saturday morning into afternoon before transitioning to mainly snow by late afternoon into the early evening hours. The highest snowfall totals are forecast across portions of southeast Minnesota into north- central Wisconsin, where amounts of 4 to 7 inches are expected. Farther south, more of a wintry mix is expected, with generally a light glaze of ice and 1 to 4 inches of snowfall. Snowfall amounts could increase slightly if the transition to snow occurs sooner Saturday afternoon. The snow will be of the heavy, wet variety and could lead to some roof collapses if it piles up on top of snow from previous storms. Additionally, those with health concerns should use caution when shoveling. Gusty winds could also produce some blowing and drifting snow over open, unsheltered areas. However, this could be somewhat mitigated by the heavy, wet nature of the snow. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM CST SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

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

* WHEN...From 6 AM CST Saturday to 1 PM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow is possible in open areas.

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; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Difficult Travel This Weekend... .Expect difficult travel at times from Saturday through Sunday morning with snow covered roads and light ice accumulations. A wintry mix will overspread the area Saturday morning into afternoon before transitioning to mainly snow by late afternoon into the early evening hours. The highest snowfall totals are forecast across portions of southeast Minnesota into north- central Wisconsin, where amounts of 4 to 7 inches are expected. Farther south, more of a wintry mix is expected, with generally a light glaze of ice and 1 to 4 inches of snowfall. Snowfall amounts could increase slightly if the transition to snow occurs sooner Saturday afternoon. The snow will be of the heavy, wet variety and could lead to some roof collapses if it piles up on top of snow from previous storms. Additionally, those with health concerns should use caution when shoveling. Gusty winds could also produce some blowing and drifting snow over open, unsheltered areas. However, this could be somewhat mitigated by the heavy, wet nature of the snow. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM CST SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Wabasha, Dodge, Olmsted and Mower Counties.

* WHEN...From 6 AM CST Saturday to 1 PM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could reduce visibility in open areas.

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: Emmet; Kossuth; Winnebago; Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Weather to Impact Parts of Northern Iowa this Weekend... .A storm system will arrive late tonight into Saturday with a broad area of precipitation to the state. A period of wintry mix or freezing rain will be possible, especially along and north of Highway 20 late tonight into Saturday morning. Much of the region may transition to all rain late Saturday morning and into the afternoon. A transition to snow is expected over the far north with moderate accumulations possible. Strong west to northwest winds will develop late Saturday afternoon and into Sunday. These winds may cause significant blowing and drifting of newly fallen snow. Higher snow fall amounts are forecast just north of the Iowa/Minnesota border. A slight shift south with this storm track may lead to significant blowing and drifting of snow. Elsewhere, the rain and above freezing temperatures should immobilize the current snow pack and greatly minimize blowing and drifting. Please monitor later forecasts for additional details. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM CST SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Period of wintry mix Saturday morning then a period of rain into the afternoon. Snow is expected Saturday night. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. Winds gusts in excess of 40 mph may cause significant blowing and drifting of snow Saturday night and Sunday.

* WHERE...Far North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...From 4 AM CST Saturday to 1 PM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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: Faribault; Freeborn; Martin; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...MAJOR WINTER STORM TO AFFECT MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY MORNING... .A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect north of a line from St. James to Faribault to Eau Claire, and a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the rest of southern Minnesota for Saturday into early Sunday. Snow will move into western and southern Minnesota on Saturday morning, reach eastern Minnesota around midday, and spread across western Wisconsin during the afternoon and evening. Some rain, sleet, or freezing rain will mix with the snow at times along the I-90 and I-35 corridors in south central and east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin Saturday. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected from west central into central Minnesota through early evening before easing Saturday night. The snow is expected to end by early morning Sunday. Snowfall totals of 5 to 10 inches are likely in the Warning area, with localized amounts around 12 inches possible over west central Minnesota. Snow totals of 2 to 4 inches along with light ice accumulations are expected in the Advisory area across southern Minnesota where a longer duration of a wintry mix is possible. Strong northwest winds will develop Saturday night and Sunday morning with gusts of 40 mph possible across southern and western Minnesota. This will lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow, but widespread blizzard conditions are not currently expected. The Winter Storm Warning continues through Sunday morning across western and portions of southern Minnesota due to the potential for blowing snow. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM CST SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

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

* WHEN...From 6 AM CST Saturday to 1 PM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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: Fillmore; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Difficult Travel This Weekend... .Expect difficult travel at times from Saturday through Sunday morning with snow covered roads and light ice accumulations. A wintry mix will overspread the area Saturday morning into afternoon before transitioning to mainly snow by late afternoon into the early evening hours. The highest snowfall totals are forecast across portions of southeast Minnesota into north- central Wisconsin, where amounts of 4 to 7 inches are expected. Farther south, more of a wintry mix is expected, with generally a light glaze of ice and 1 to 4 inches of snowfall. Snowfall amounts could increase slightly if the transition to snow occurs sooner Saturday afternoon. The snow will be of the heavy, wet variety and could lead to some roof collapses if it piles up on top of snow from previous storms. Additionally, those with health concerns should use caution when shoveling. Gusty winds could also produce some blowing and drifting snow over open, unsheltered areas. However, this could be somewhat mitigated by the heavy, wet nature of the snow. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM CST SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

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

* WHEN...From 6 AM CST Saturday to 1 PM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow is possible in open areas.

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.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 554536

Reported Deaths: 7083
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1155051679
Ramsey47786853
Dakota42410422
Anoka38477415
Washington24913273
Stearns20994218
St. Louis16774297
Scott15946117
Wright14764127
Olmsted1273297
Sherburne1060080
Carver980145
Clay781289
Rice7632101
Blue Earth695840
Kandiyohi627380
Crow Wing615086
Chisago548250
Otter Tail542673
Benton530597
Mower450532
Goodhue442471
Douglas441870
Winona438149
Nobles400248
Morrison394659
McLeod394355
Isanti375159
Beltrami372257
Itasca370752
Polk365367
Steele361914
Becker353948
Lyon347848
Carlton329352
Freeborn326829
Pine311821
Nicollet306542
Brown294439
Mille Lacs281250
Le Sueur269722
Todd268730
Cass249626
Meeker235937
Waseca231221
Martin212529
Wabasha19953
Roseau197318
Renville172043
Hubbard171841
Dodge17123
Redwood166435
Houston162614
Cottonwood156821
Fillmore15169
Pennington150619
Chippewa145836
Wadena144021
Faribault143419
Sibley135710
Kanabec130621
Aitkin128636
Watonwan12549
Rock122719
Jackson117310
Yellow Medicine110419
Pipestone109725
Murray10229
Pope10226
Swift99518
Marshall85617
Stevens82010
Lake78419
Clearwater77414
Koochiching76913
Wilkin76812
Lac qui Parle73522
Big Stone5644
Lincoln5592
Grant5478
Norman5229
Mahnomen5048
Unassigned49578
Kittson46622
Red Lake3877
Traverse3595
Lake of the Woods3053
Cook1450

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357796

Reported Deaths: 5821
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk55970604
Linn20297330
Scott19082234
Black Hawk15550306
Woodbury14897221
Johnson1404281
Dubuque13153202
Dallas1089196
Pottawattamie10747162
Story1031147
Warren555186
Clinton537390
Cerro Gordo521986
Webster508291
Sioux506073
Marshall477174
Muscatine459896
Des Moines441465
Wapello4253120
Buena Vista421740
Jasper407670
Plymouth397079
Lee368155
Marion354575
Jones293055
Henry286137
Bremer279260
Carroll279151
Crawford262040
Boone258533
Benton250355
Washington249550
Dickinson242043
Mahaska224850
Jackson217942
Kossuth212663
Clay211025
Tama206671
Delaware202839
Winneshiek194433
Page190321
Buchanan188831
Cedar183823
Fayette182941
Wright180435
Hardin179942
Hamilton178049
Harrison176373
Clayton167055
Butler162534
Mills158620
Cherokee157138
Floyd155342
Lyon154741
Madison153919
Poweshiek152733
Allamakee149051
Iowa145524
Hancock143534
Winnebago136031
Grundy135232
Cass134354
Calhoun133211
Jefferson130635
Emmet128840
Shelby128337
Sac127219
Louisa126849
Appanoose126747
Mitchell125241
Union124032
Chickasaw122615
Humboldt118326
Guthrie117929
Franklin112721
Palo Alto110922
Howard102822
Montgomery100637
Unassigned10030
Clarke98223
Keokuk94530
Monroe94128
Ida89633
Adair84532
Pocahontas83621
Monona81230
Davis79924
Greene76710
Osceola75516
Lucas74923
Worth7078
Taylor65212
Fremont6139
Decatur5899
Van Buren55518
Ringgold53623
Wayne52123
Audubon4949
Adams3284
Rochester/St. Mary'S
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Charles City
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