Update: Winter Storm Warning issued as storm expected to batter viewing area

Severe weather expected in the area this weekend.

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 6:19 AM
Updated: Apr 13, 2018 3:41 AM

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Wintry Mix, Snow Tonight Through The Weekend... .A complex spring storm system will impact the area tonight through the weekend. Rain will become a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow later tonight, persisting through Saturday, and then transitioning to mainly snow for most Sunday. The bulk of the icing threat is expected overnight tonight through Saturday morning, with the potential for 1/4 inch or more in the Interstate 90 corridor. The highest snow totals are currently expected in north-central Wisconsin, with 8 plus inches possible. Travel may become difficult later tonight through the weekend at times with snow-covered or icy roads. In addition, winds gusting up to 40 mph could cause isolated damage to power lines or trees that become ice-coated. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to 1/4 of an inch possible.

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

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Travel could be dangerous and nearly impossible. Tree branches could fall. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

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 Warning

Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; Martin; Rice; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING... ...SEVERE WINTER TRAVEL CONDITIONS ALSO LIKELY ACROSS THE REST OF THE SOUTHERN HALF OF MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN BEGINNING LATE FRIDAY... .A significant winter storm will develop Friday afternoon and continue into Saturday evening. All precipitation types, strong winds, and blizzard conditions will occur in this winter storm. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Friday night through Saturday evening for portions of west central Minnesota. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect south of a line from Litchfield to the Twin Cities metro and Bloomer Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for areas north of the warning areas. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop late tonight, and persist for much of the day Friday as temperatures remain in the mid 30s in central Minnesota to the lower 40s along the Minnesota/Iowa border. Colder air will begin to move into central Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening, changing the precipitation to snow. In addition to the heavy snow, strong gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph will bring blizzard conditions to west central Minnesota. The best chance for whiteouts will be late Friday night across west central Minnesota. The rain will turn to a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow across south central and east central Minnesota, and west central Wisconsin Friday evening, before changing to all snow by Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches are expected from west central and southwest Minnesota to east central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, with totals nearing 18 inches possible across southwest Minnesota. Totals will taper off to 4 to 8 inches across south central Minnesota. There may be a sharp gradient in the watch area north of Morris, Saint Cloud, and Rice Lake. In addition, total ice accumulations of one to two tenths of an inch are possible across the southern third of Minnesota into west central Wisconsin. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM SATURDAY TO 1 AM CDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized higher amounts, and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of west central Wisconsin and south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From 1 AM Saturday to 1 AM CDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Tree branches could fall. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

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 Minnesota can be found at 511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in either state.

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Blizzard Conditions Possible Saturday into Saturday Night... .Confidence remains high in strong northeasterly winds of 25 to 35 mph, gusting from 40 to 50 mph at times during periods of falling snow. The combination of potent winds and snow may lead to potential blizzard conditions from west central, northwest, to north central Iowa. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph could cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is also possible. Total wet snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches further northwest. Some light ice accumulations are possible.

* WHERE...West central, northwest to north central Iowa

* WHEN...From Saturday morning through late Saturday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Tree branches could fall.

A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Wintry Mix, Snow Tonight Through The Weekend... .A complex spring storm system will impact the area tonight through the weekend. Rain will become a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow later tonight, persisting through Saturday, and then transitioning to mainly snow for most Sunday. The bulk of the icing threat is expected overnight tonight through Saturday morning, with the potential for 1/4 inch or more in the Interstate 90 corridor. The highest snow totals are currently expected in north-central Wisconsin, with 8 plus inches possible. Travel may become difficult later tonight through the weekend at times with snow-covered or icy roads. In addition, winds gusting up to 40 mph could cause isolated damage to power lines or trees that become ice-coated. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, and ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of central, southwest and west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From late tonight through Sunday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Travel could be dangerous and nearly impossible. Tree branches could fall. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

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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