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.

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