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Winter Storm Watch issued for entire viewing area for Friday

Heavy mixed precipitation possible Friday into Saturday. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph on Saturday.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 4:11 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2020 7:39 PM

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

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa) 
...Bitter Cold Wind Chills This Evening Into Thursday Morning... ...Winter Storm Likely Friday through Saturday... .Very cold temperatures combined with brisk northwest winds will produce bitter cold wind chills of -20 to -30 this evening into Thursday morning. .Widespread accumulating snow and a wintry mix at times of snow and freezing rain will be possible Friday through Saturday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches will be possible. Ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible, mainly south of Interstate 90. In addition, strong northwest winds Saturday afternoon and evening may lead to blowing and drifting snow. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY... ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero tonight into Thursday morning. Heavy mixed precipitation possible Friday into Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible across northeast Iowa. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches and a glaze of ice are possible across southeast Minnesota into north central Wisconsin. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph on Saturday.

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

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Thursday. For the Winter Storm Watch, from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Cold Tonight, Winter Storm Arrives Friday... .Falling temperatures tonight and blustery northwest winds will lead to bitter cold wind chills of -20 to -25 tonight into Thursday morning across north central Iowa. Snowfall returns to Friday morning as a winter storm takes aim on the region. The snow may be heavy at times during the morning and afternoon hours before eventually transitioning into a period of light wintry mix or freezing rain. Strong northwest winds develop Saturday which could lead to areas of blowing snow, in addition to lingering light snowfall Saturday morning. Highest snowfall accumulations nearing 6 inches will reside in north central Iowa with lesser amounts of 3 to 4 inches further south. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY... ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero. For the Winter Storm Watch, total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph Saturday and create areas of blowing snow.

* WHERE...North central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Thursday. For the Winter Storm Watch, snow begins Friday morning and may be heavy at times into the afternoon hours. Snowfall then changes over to light wintry mix or freezing rain Friday evening. Additional light snowfall possible late Friday night into early Saturday.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Plan on slippery road conditions developing Friday, which could impact the morning and evening commutes. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility Friday into Saturday.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Bitter Cold Wind Chills This Evening Into Thursday Morning... ...Winter Storm Likely Friday through Saturday... .Very cold temperatures combined with brisk northwest winds will produce bitter cold wind chills of -20 to -30 this evening into Thursday morning. .Widespread accumulating snow and a wintry mix at times of snow and freezing rain will be possible Friday through Saturday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches will be possible. Ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible, mainly south of Interstate 90. In addition, strong northwest winds Saturday afternoon and evening may lead to blowing and drifting snow. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY... ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero tonight into Thursday morning. Heavy mixed precipitation possible Friday into Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible across northeast Iowa. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches and a glaze of ice are possible across southeast Minnesota into north central Wisconsin. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph on Saturday.

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

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 9 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Thursday. For the Winter Storm Watch, from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Freeborn; Le Sueur; McLeod; Sibley; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...Wind Chill Advisory tonight, Winter Storm Watch Friday through Saturday... .Wind Chills fall between -20 to -35 tonight. Accumulating snow expected Friday into Saturday, with blowing snow late Friday into Saturday. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY... ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero. For the Winter Storm Watch, heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of central and south central Minnesota.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, from midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Thursday. For the Winter Storm Watch, from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow will fall during the second half of Friday, with blowing snow becoming more likely on Saturday as winds increase as the system departs.

Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37624

Reported Deaths: 1503
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin12150785
Ramsey4805226
Stearns234519
Dakota228690
Anoka2180107
Nobles16626
Olmsted110115
Washington106940
Mower9452
Rice8357
Scott7004
Clay58538
Kandiyohi5701
Wright4565
Blue Earth4532
Todd4002
Carver3641
Lyon3092
Sherburne3075
Freeborn2900
Steele2281
Watonwan2160
Benton2143
St. Louis17715
Martin1635
Nicollet15912
Cottonwood1340
Goodhue1298
Winona12215
Crow Wing10612
Pine1030
Le Sueur981
Chisago971
Otter Tail931
McLeod880
Carlton850
Dodge840
Polk812
Chippewa781
Unassigned7637
Isanti720
Itasca6412
Waseca640
Douglas620
Meeker611
Morrison591
Murray580
Becker550
Faribault550
Jackson550
Sibley542
Pennington500
Pipestone371
Mille Lacs342
Renville322
Wabasha310
Brown302
Rock300
Yellow Medicine300
Beltrami290
Fillmore280
Houston250
Swift211
Norman200
Wilkin203
Redwood180
Cass152
Wadena150
Aitkin140
Big Stone140
Kanabec141
Koochiching141
Roseau130
Marshall120
Grant100
Lincoln100
Pope100
Mahnomen81
Clearwater70
Hubbard60
Lake60
Traverse50
Lac qui Parle40
Stevens40
Red Lake30
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30975

Reported Deaths: 720
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk6464179
Woodbury321544
Black Hawk225258
Buena Vista171111
Johnson12648
Dallas126329
Linn126282
Marshall104319
Scott77810
Story7623
Pottawattamie72111
Wapello70630
Dubuque68322
Crawford6772
Muscatine62944
Sioux4630
Tama46229
Wright3801
Louisa36013
Jasper32317
Plymouth3165
Warren2731
Dickinson2642
Washington2369
Webster2132
Hamilton1871
Cerro Gordo1561
Boone1481
Clay1330
Clarke1312
Allamakee1284
Mahaska11517
Shelby1140
Clinton1071
Poweshiek1048
Carroll961
Pocahontas941
Bremer926
Franklin890
Des Moines882
Henry863
Emmet850
Cedar821
Taylor790
Monona760
Cherokee751
Floyd722
Hardin700
Marion700
Guthrie664
Benton651
Sac630
Jefferson590
Osceola590
Jones560
Humboldt541
Butler532
Harrison530
Lee532
Hancock510
Iowa510
Buchanan501
Monroe506
Calhoun492
Delaware491
Fayette480
Madison452
Clayton433
Lyon410
Palo Alto410
Davis391
Winneshiek380
Grundy370
Mitchell370
Mills360
Howard350
Kossuth340
Lucas304
Greene290
Jackson290
Chickasaw280
Winnebago280
Union270
Ida230
Cass220
Appanoose203
Keokuk201
Page200
Van Buren200
Worth190
Audubon161
Unassigned160
Adair150
Ringgold150
Decatur110
Montgomery102
Wayne100
Adams80
Fremont70
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