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.

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