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Winter Storm Watch blankets southern Minnesota, part of north Iowa

From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 6:41 AM
Updated: Mar 8, 2019 7:50 AM

Our weekend storm is still on track to arrive Saturday morning. We will be on the cooler side of the system but this could very well turn into the tale of two states:
Southern Minnesota (Saturday high around 33): Mainly snow in southern Minnesota with a brief window of a wintry mix on Saturday afternoon before turning over to snow showers Saturday evening and Saturday night. The snow will be heaviest in the morning/early afternoon and lighter from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Light icing is expected in southern Minnesota with more snow expected - right now about 5-10 inches but that can change and will be variable. The highest snow amounts will be found just north of the area.
North Iowa (Saturday high around 35): Mainly a heavy wintry mix (freezing rain/snow/sleet) to begin early to mid morning followed by a brief period of rain in the late morning/early afternoon back to wintry mix in the afternoon to light snow for the evening into Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Icing could be heavy across north Iowa with less snow amounts. North Iowa will be the most variable with snow of a trace to 5 inches but heavier icing.
Across the area: Winds will be strong and gusty for a time on Saturday morning and again Saturday night and Sunday. While blowing snow is likely, we will be dealing with a heavy snow and therefore blizzard conditions are not expected. Travel will be impacted and changes are still possible.

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Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Another Winter Storm Taking Aim at the Region... .Snow will move into southeast Minnesota on Saturday morning and then spread into north central Wisconsin during the afternoon. This snow would then continue through the night and then move out of the area on Sunday morning. A brief period of freezing rain is possible before the main area of snow moves in, and possibly as it exits. Currently 4 to 8 inches of snow are expected, the bulk of which would fall during the afternoon and evening hours. If freezing precipitation is realized, a light glaze of ice would be possible. Strong west winds could cause some blowing and drifting snow late Saturday night and Sunday morning. Travel will be impacted. Be prepared for slippery to hazardous driving conditions. In addition, with the snow expected to be heavy in nature, and considerable snow having already fallen in February, there could be roof failures. In addition, the heavy, wet snow will a concern for those with health issues. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. West winds could gust as high as 35 mph late Saturday night and Sunday. This could result in some blowing and drifting snow.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Emmet; Kossuth; Winnebago; Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Precipitation Ending Today with Another Storm Arriving This Weekend... .Snow will gradually diminish this afternoon with patchy freezing drizzle possible. The precipitation is expected to end by later this evening across much of the area. A strong storm system is expected to impact Iowa late Friday night and into the weekend. Light icing may occur mainly along and north of Highway 30 into Saturday morning. A wintry mix is likely north of Highway 20. A band of moderate snow is possible over far northern Iowa near the Minnesota border. In addition, strong west to northwest winds are expected to develop late Saturday afternoon and into Sunday. These winds may create significant blowing and drifting snow where the snow falls. Farther south, the combination of rain and melting on Saturday should minimize the blowing snow potential. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust in excess of 40 mph causing significant blowing and drifting snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

* WHERE...Far North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

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

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Martin; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY MORNING WITH HEAVY SNOW LIKELY... .A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for all of central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin from Saturday through Sunday morning. Heavy snow will develop over the Plains and advance into southern and western Minnesota early Saturday morning, before reaching eastern Minnesota by late morning, and western Wisconsin by early afternoon. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected through early evening before easing Saturday night. Some rain, sleet, or freezing rain will mix with the snow at times along Interstate 90 Saturday. The snow is expected to end by mid morning Sunday. Snowfall totals will reach six inches or more before it ends Sunday morning. Strong northwest winds will develop Saturday night and Sunday morning with gusts of 40 to 45 mph possible. This will lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow, but widespread blizzard conditions are not currently expected. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

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

* WHEN...From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 480845

Reported Deaths: 6511
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin997381576
Ramsey42744796
Dakota35818383
Anoka33010383
Washington21862253
Stearns18683200
St. Louis14655262
Scott13119107
Wright12414114
Olmsted1170088
Sherburne866373
Carver756340
Clay683686
Rice664291
Blue Earth587235
Kandiyohi576674
Crow Wing514780
Chisago493644
Otter Tail479470
Benton441390
Winona414248
Mower400231
Douglas390768
Nobles385347
Goodhue383368
Polk341062
McLeod336349
Beltrami335350
Morrison321846
Lyon311543
Itasca308545
Becker307841
Isanti303453
Carlton298544
Steele297611
Pine280616
Freeborn276823
Nicollet252341
Todd244030
Brown240737
Le Sueur230520
Mille Lacs225747
Cass218124
Waseca206917
Meeker205534
Martin186728
Wabasha18543
Roseau178317
Hubbard159740
Houston156414
Dodge15124
Renville147340
Redwood146327
Fillmore13648
Chippewa135735
Cottonwood133520
Wadena128120
Pennington127016
Faribault121716
Aitkin117833
Sibley116410
Rock115513
Watonwan11518
Kanabec106719
Pipestone100724
Yellow Medicine97617
Murray9418
Jackson92510
Swift87218
Pope7885
Marshall76815
Stevens7378
Lake72617
Clearwater71514
Lac qui Parle68216
Wilkin66510
Koochiching61711
Big Stone5123
Lincoln5032
Grant4888
Norman4648
Mahnomen4377
Unassigned43668
Kittson40721
Red Lake3544
Traverse3015
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Cook1190

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 359747

Reported Deaths: 5357
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk57625545
Linn20536311
Scott18203205
Black Hawk16187286
Woodbury14875211
Johnson1374173
Dubuque13480194
Dallas1123790
Pottawattamie10716140
Story1012945
Warren550271
Clinton540783
Cerro Gordo531080
Webster515686
Marshall493772
Sioux491568
Buena Vista469736
Des Moines455059
Muscatine446789
Wapello4261107
Jasper406865
Plymouth393377
Lee373551
Marion356969
Jones293854
Henry292535
Carroll284048
Bremer276554
Crawford272035
Boone258230
Washington253145
Benton250454
Mahaska223145
Jackson220438
Dickinson216338
Tama211564
Kossuth206954
Clay192925
Hamilton191641
Delaware188539
Winneshiek186926
Fayette184033
Buchanan183630
Page181619
Hardin179638
Wright179131
Harrison178969
Cedar175522
Clayton168153
Butler165731
Floyd162439
Mills162420
Cherokee153535
Madison153418
Poweshiek153429
Hancock146529
Lyon145441
Iowa143823
Allamakee143644
Appanoose138447
Grundy138230
Jefferson137532
Winnebago137530
Calhoun133010
Cass132448
Mitchell130040
Louisa127941
Union125931
Chickasaw124613
Sac123718
Emmet120740
Shelby119933
Franklin118319
Humboldt116725
Guthrie116028
Montgomery104036
Palo Alto103921
Howard102421
Clarke99220
Keokuk97529
Unassigned9300
Monroe92628
Adair91626
Ida90732
Pocahontas85419
Davis82223
Monona81525
Greene76610
Lucas73121
Osceola70014
Worth6907
Taylor66312
Fremont5869
Decatur5729
Van Buren55818
Ringgold51416
Wayne48621
Audubon4839
Adams3244
Rochester/St. Mary'S
Clear
29° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 19°
Mason City
Partly Cloudy
25° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 15°
Albert Lea
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 21°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 19°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 20°
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