Our Friday warm up is coming with moisture transport from the south which will lead to a wintry mix arriving around 10PM tonight, starting west of I-35 and gradually spreading east, becoming widespread across the whole area by the overnight. We will mainly see freezing rain mixing in with snow south of the IA/MN border with the mixture containing more snow than rain north of the border. This stronger, more persistent wintry mix will last into Saturday morning by 9AM but that will be enough to drop some pretty hefty ice accumulations of over a tenth of an inch for some. This will quickly coat the roads in ice and travel/moving in general will be very impacted Friday night and Saturday morning.
After a brief lull Saturday morning through Saturday midday, more scattered wintry mix consisting of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will move in for the afternoon. After around 7PM, this mix will turn over to heavy snow showers for all that will drop snow at very impressive rates, overwhelming the already ice covered roads and drastically reducing visibility. The heavy snow will persist through roughly 3AM Sunday morning with the heaviest sliver receiving around 6-12+". There will be an extremely sharp cutoff (by the difference of less than a county)between those that receive the most snow and those that receive less than 6" or even just a couple of inches.
To worsen matters, winds will become very strong from the northwest, gusting to around 50 mph after 10PM on Saturday which will likely create blizzard conditions into Sunday afternoon - especially in areas receiving the most snow. Travel will be difficult to impossible in spots this weekend. Plan ahead and reschedule any travel plans if possible. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening but impacts will be felt as early as tonight with the ice.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy/Wintry Mix Around 10-11PM
Lows: Middle 20s and Rising.
Winds: East at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Wintry Mix Becoming Scattered Heavy PM Snow/Increasing Winds.
Highs: Middle 30s.
Winds: Northeast at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night: Heavy Snow/Very Windy - Blowing Snow & Blizzard Conditions
Lows: Upper Teens.
Winds: West Northwest at 25-35 mph. Gusts Near 50 mph.
Snow changing to a wintry mix
Partly cloudy and windy
Snow showers in the morning
Snow showers in the morning
Clouds giving way to sun
Mix of sun and clouds
|4 AM||31°||Snow Showers||30%||97%||ESE at 14 mph|
|5 AM||30°||Cloudy||10%||98%||ESE at 13 mph|
|6 AM||29°||Cloudy||20%||95%||ESE at 10 mph|
|7 AM||30°||Snow Showers||50%||96%||ESE at 10 mph|
|8 AM||30°||Snow Showers||40%||96%||ESE at 9 mph|
|9 AM||30°||Cloudy||20%||97%||E at 9 mph|
|10 AM||31°||Cloudy||10%||97%||E at 8 mph|
|11 AM||31°||Cloudy||10%||96%||E at 8 mph|
|12 PM||32°||Lgt Frz Rain||40%||96%||ENE at 10 mph|
|1 PM||32°||Lgt Frz Rain||40%||96%||ENE at 11 mph|
|2 PM||32°||Lgt Frz Rain||40%||96%||NE at 12 mph|
|3 PM||32°||Frz Rain||90%||94%||NE at 12 mph|
|4 PM||32°||Frz Rain||90%||94%||NE at 15 mph|