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Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 to 40 mph at times, near-blizzard conditions will be possible at times.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 4:50 PM
Updated: Mar. 24, 2018 9:33 AM

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Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Kossuth; Marshall; Palo Alto; Tama; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Near-Blizzard Conditions With Extremely Hazardous Travel Expected Through This Morning... .Significant snowfall is likely to impact north central into northeast Iowa tonight and Saturday. Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 to 40 mph at times, near-blizzard conditions will be possible at times. Snow will be wet and very heavy. Farther southwest of the snow band, temperatures will be warm enough to keep precipitation mainly as rain over southern Iowa. ...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snowfall will continue at times through the morning with snowfall rates of 1 inch or more per hour from near sunrise to around noon Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches with locally higher amounts over northeast Iowa are expected. The heaviest snowfall region is expected from near Mason City to near Waterloo.

* WHERE...North Central into Northeast and East Central Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM CDT this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Tree branches and power lines may be downed from heavy, wet snow accumulating. Flat roofs may collapse from the weight of the heavy wet snow. Snow will be difficult to move and caution is advised with snow removal for some individuals.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Strong winds are also expected. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Faribault; Freeborn; Kandiyohi; Nicollet; Sibley; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...SNOW CONTINUES FROM WEST CENTRAL ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA THIS MORNING... .A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect across most of west central and south central Minnesota, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect west of a line from Motley to St Cloud to Owatonna. Total snowfall accumulations in the warning area will range from 5 to 10 inches, with amounts nearing one foot in south central Minnesota along the Iowa border. A very tight gradient will exist on the northern and eastern fringes of the winter storm warning, with amounts tapering off to near nothing just outside of the warning area. Snowfall amounts in the Advisory area will range from 2 to 5 inches, with amounts on the higher end of that range primarily in the southwestern portion of the counties. ...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 11 inches are expected. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times.

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

* WHEN...Until 1 PM CDT this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. 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 Storm Warning
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Clayton; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Hazardous Travel Expected Today... .Through 8 AM, snow will continue across portions of south central Minnesota and northeast Iowa. The snow will be heavy at times with rates up to 1 inch per hour expected from Mason City to Oelwein Iowa. Travel will become difficult to hazardous today. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches north of a St. Ansgar to Dubuque line and 9 to 14 inches south of this line. There will be a sharp decrease in the snow amounts in Mower County in southeast Minnesota and in Winneshiek County in northeast Iowa. The combination of gusty winds and the heavy, wet snow could also lead to minor tree damage and isolated power outages. Those shoveling the snow should use caution and take frequent breaks. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches are expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches north of a St. Ansgar to Dubuque line and 9 to 14 inches south of this line.

* WHERE...Portions of north central and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM CDT this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory
Areas Affected: Mower

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Hazardous Travel Expected Today... .Through 8 AM, snow will continue across portions of south central Minnesota and northeast Iowa. The snow will be heavy at times with rates up to 1 inch per hour expected from Mason City to Oelwein Iowa. Travel will become difficult to hazardous today. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches north of a St. Ansgar to Dubuque line and 9 to 14 inches south of this line. There will be a sharp decrease in the snow amounts in Mower County in southeast Minnesota and in Winneshiek County in northeast Iowa. The combination of gusty winds and the heavy, wet snow could also lead to minor tree damage and isolated power outages. Those shoveling the snow should use caution and take frequent breaks. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected.

* WHERE...In Iowa, Winneshiek County. In Minnesota, Mower County.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM CDT this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered 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.

 

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