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.

Cases: 456490

Reported Deaths: 6174
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin947071506
Ramsey40752750
Dakota33684355
Anoka31437368
Washington20627237
Stearns18137190
St. Louis14032251
Scott1224899
Wright11831107
Olmsted1085175
Sherburne831970
Carver706139
Clay661384
Rice625674
Kandiyohi559172
Blue Earth549633
Crow Wing491178
Otter Tail465468
Chisago461838
Benton424388
Winona395648
Douglas380366
Nobles374847
Mower374729
Goodhue359163
Polk330860
McLeod328947
Beltrami316648
Morrison314845
Lyon306340
Becker290039
Itasca288043
Isanti286543
Carlton285243
Steele279610
Pine270815
Freeborn254923
Todd233730
Nicollet230938
Brown219134
Mille Lacs216145
Le Sueur215016
Cass211024
Meeker201733
Waseca193916
Wabasha17493
Martin172126
Roseau166617
Hubbard151438
Redwood141427
Houston141114
Dodge14014
Renville138740
Chippewa133432
Cottonwood129218
Fillmore12838
Wadena120918
Rock112212
Aitkin111633
Faribault110316
Sibley11017
Watonwan10708
Pennington101316
Kanabec100118
Pipestone97523
Yellow Medicine95017
Murray9137
Jackson87510
Swift84718
Pope7485
Stevens7078
Marshall70315
Clearwater68814
Lake66515
Lac qui Parle66116
Wilkin63510
Koochiching61010
Lincoln4912
Big Stone4703
Grant4398
Unassigned43568
Norman4268
Mahnomen4177
Kittson37420
Red Lake3214
Traverse2673
Lake of the Woods1991
Cook1160

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313284

Reported Deaths: 4437
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk47198465
Linn18187280
Scott15975172
Black Hawk14184243
Woodbury13161181
Johnson1234453
Dubuque11678159
Pottawattamie9204115
Dallas915472
Story886638
Cerro Gordo476172
Webster475077
Warren463939
Clinton461068
Sioux460757
Marshall433262
Buena Vista397731
Muscatine397379
Des Moines396243
Plymouth354270
Wapello353098
Jasper335159
Lee327132
Marion312253
Jones275650
Henry269931
Carroll258934
Bremer251048
Crawford235524
Boone224717
Washington224333
Benton214550
Mahaska198937
Jackson196532
Tama191659
Dickinson189429
Kossuth182244
Delaware177736
Clay173421
Wright167824
Fayette166824
Buchanan162924
Hamilton162930
Winneshiek161420
Harrison159162
Hardin158731
Cedar156819
Clayton154349
Butler152524
Page148715
Floyd142036
Cherokee140527
Mills139017
Lyon138233
Poweshiek136024
Hancock133024
Allamakee131630
Iowa128522
Madison126210
Calhoun12409
Grundy123428
Winnebago123329
Jefferson122625
Mitchell117337
Louisa116830
Cass115443
Chickasaw114012
Appanoose113340
Sac113215
Union112823
Emmet111332
Shelby108027
Humboldt107819
Guthrie104624
Franklin104018
Unassigned10290
Palo Alto92611
Montgomery90024
Keokuk86526
Howard86419
Monroe82820
Clarke8219
Pocahontas78811
Ida76930
Davis70421
Adair69820
Greene6987
Monona69618
Lucas67110
Osceola65011
Worth6224
Taylor6029
Fremont5296
Van Buren50615
Decatur5004
Ringgold46311
Audubon4278
Wayne42021
Adams3023
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