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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: 452268

Reported Deaths: 6100
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin938131490
Ramsey40370746
Dakota33353349
Anoka31193366
Washington20363231
Stearns17995189
St. Louis13857245
Scott1209197
Wright11723106
Olmsted1068375
Sherburne825766
Carver700138
Clay655582
Rice618070
Kandiyohi556572
Blue Earth545933
Crow Wing487778
Otter Tail460967
Chisago456436
Benton422287
Winona393048
Douglas377266
Nobles373946
Mower370829
Goodhue352661
Polk330559
McLeod326747
Beltrami314048
Morrison313545
Lyon304138
Becker288039
Itasca286443
Isanti284242
Carlton282543
Steele278110
Pine269214
Freeborn251523
Todd232630
Nicollet227537
Brown216934
Mille Lacs214945
Le Sueur212816
Cass209424
Meeker200933
Waseca191916
Wabasha17343
Martin171426
Roseau166217
Hubbard150138
Redwood140827
Houston139714
Renville137940
Dodge13714
Chippewa132032
Cottonwood128418
Fillmore12576
Wadena120517
Rock111212
Aitkin109233
Sibley10917
Faribault108316
Watonwan10688
Pennington100716
Kanabec98818
Pipestone95923
Yellow Medicine94216
Murray9056
Jackson87110
Swift84318
Pope7435
Stevens7078
Marshall70315
Clearwater68714
Lake66015
Lac qui Parle65716
Wilkin6309
Koochiching60210
Lincoln4892
Big Stone4663
Unassigned43768
Grant4358
Norman4248
Mahnomen4147
Kittson37320
Red Lake3194
Traverse2583
Lake of the Woods1951
Cook1150

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 309989

Reported Deaths: 4424
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk46587464
Linn17979279
Scott15787171
Black Hawk14037243
Woodbury13093181
Johnson1224652
Dubuque11535159
Pottawattamie9111115
Dallas905972
Story877838
Webster471577
Cerro Gordo471472
Sioux459157
Clinton456167
Warren456139
Marshall429862
Buena Vista396130
Muscatine394978
Des Moines390043
Plymouth352470
Wapello348498
Jasper330159
Lee322632
Marion308152
Jones274250
Henry266131
Carroll258034
Bremer249348
Crawford233524
Boone222017
Washington222033
Benton212250
Mahaska197237
Jackson194331
Tama189959
Dickinson188329
Kossuth178544
Delaware175236
Clay171421
Wright166424
Fayette165024
Hamilton162030
Buchanan161624
Winneshiek159720
Harrison157962
Hardin156730
Cedar155419
Clayton153649
Butler150824
Page146315
Floyd140836
Cherokee139927
Mills138417
Lyon137333
Poweshiek134524
Hancock131424
Allamakee130230
Iowa127422
Calhoun12339
Madison123210
Grundy122128
Jefferson122025
Winnebago121529
Mitchell116637
Louisa115730
Cass114743
Chickasaw113512
Appanoose112040
Sac112015
Emmet111232
Union110723
Humboldt106419
Shelby104727
Guthrie104024
Franklin103218
Unassigned10050
Palo Alto91711
Montgomery88024
Keokuk86126
Howard85019
Monroe81919
Clarke8087
Pocahontas78111
Ida75830
Davis70021
Greene6977
Adair69520
Monona67118
Lucas66410
Osceola64611
Worth6154
Taylor5989
Fremont5246
Van Buren50115
Decatur4954
Ringgold44811
Audubon4208
Wayne41821
Adams2983
Rochester/St. Mary'S
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Mason City
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Albert Lea
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Austin
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Charles City
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