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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Bremer; Butler; Grundy; Marshall; Tama

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Blizzard Conditions in Northern Iowa Today... .Potent northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gust to 45 to 50 mph are anticipated this morning and throughout much of the day today over northern Iowa. Light snow is also anticipated and with the fresh snow pack from Friday`s snowfall, widespread blowing snow is forecast and blizzard conditions are expected over northern Iowa. Further south, winds are forecast to be slightly less but still can expect gusts to 40 to 45 mph at times. Significant blowing and drifting snow is anticipated and near whiteout conditions may occur, especially in rural areas. In addition to the major visibility restrictions, temperatures will drastically drop throughout the day and with the potent winds, dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero are likely by this afternoon and evening. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Intermittent light snow and blustery northwest winds of 30 to 45 mph to cause significant blowing snow and reduced visibility.

* WHERE...North Central and Northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on ice and snow covered roads. The hazardous conditions will impact travel into Saturday. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Tow bans remain in effect for several counties in the warning. Temperatures are forecast to drop drastically today and wind chills by this afternoon look to be dangerously cold.

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.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Faribault; Freeborn; Le Sueur; Nicollet; Sibley; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)

...BLIZZARD WARNING EXPANDED EASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA... ...WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... .Surface observations and reports from the Minnesota Department of Transportation indicate whiteout conditions have been developing shortly after the winds become gusty behind the arctic cold front. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are occurring across southwest and west central Minnesota. These winds will spread eastward across southern Minnesota early this morning with blizzard conditions expected to reach the I-35 corridor by 9 AM. Wind gusts to 55 mph are possible with visibilities near zero at times for the rest of the day. The worst conditions will occur in west central into south central Minnesota through the day. The Blizzard Warning continues for west central into a portion of south central Minnesota today. In addition, falling temperatures into the single digits above and below zero will lead to icy roads and very cold wind chills this afternoon. ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may become nearly impossible and travel is not advised.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Boone; Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Franklin; Greene; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Story; Webster; Winnebago; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Blizzard Conditions in Northern Iowa Today... .Potent northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gust to 45 to 50 mph are anticipated this morning and throughout much of the day today over northern Iowa. Light snow is also anticipated and with the fresh snow pack from Friday`s snowfall, widespread blowing snow is forecast and blizzard conditions are expected over northern Iowa. Further south, winds are forecast to be slightly less but still can expect gusts to 40 to 45 mph at times. Significant blowing and drifting snow is anticipated and near whiteout conditions may occur, especially in rural areas. In addition to the major visibility restrictions, temperatures will drastically drop throughout the day and with the potent winds, dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero are likely by this afternoon and evening. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Light snow and very strong northwest winds. Blizzard conditions are expected, especially in rural areas from wind gusts to 40 to 50 mph for much of the day.

* WHERE...Northwest to west central Iowa.

* WHEN...Through 6 pm this evening.

* IMPACTS...Treacherous travel conditions from the already snow and ice packed roads and then the blustery northwest winds causing major visibility restrictions. Gusty winds may damage tree limbs and power lines and lead to power outages.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will drop drastically today and dangerously cold wind chill values are anticipated by this afternoon and tonight. Tow bans remain in effect for several counties in the warning.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)

...Blizzard Conditions Developing for Portions of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa... Periods of light snow will continue into the afternoon, with little additional accumulation. Strong and gusty northwest winds will develop over the entire area by early afternoon, leading to blowing and drifting snow. Blizzard conditions are likely for the open and unsheltered areas of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. If traveling, especially across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, be prepared for dangerous whiteout conditions at times. In addition, rapidly falling temperatures will allow for any wet roads to freeze quickly this afternoon. ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect until 6 PM CST this evening. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect.

* WHAT...Widespread blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions at times. Periods of light snow continuing as well, with any additional accumulation less than one-half inch. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph into late afternoon.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on dangerous travel conditions with significantly lowered visibility, particularly for open and unsheltered areas outside of towns. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling or blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel if at all possible. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)

...Blizzard Conditions Developing for Portions of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa... Periods of light snow will continue into the afternoon, with little additional accumulation. Strong and gusty northwest winds will develop over the entire area by early afternoon, leading to blowing and drifting snow. Blizzard conditions are likely for the open and unsheltered areas of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. If traveling, especially across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, be prepared for dangerous whiteout conditions at times. In addition, rapidly falling temperatures will allow for any wet roads to freeze quickly this afternoon. ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect until 6 PM CST this evening. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect.

* WHAT...Widespread blowing and drifting snow, with whiteout conditions at times. Periods of light snow continuing as well, with any additional accumulation less than one-half inch. Northwest winds gusting to 40 mph into late afternoon.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on dangerous travel conditions with significantly lowered visibility, particularly for open and unsheltered areas outside of towns. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero tonight could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling or blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel if at all possible. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Blizzard Conditions in Northern Iowa Today... .Potent northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gust to 45 to 50 mph are anticipated this morning and throughout much of the day today over northern Iowa. Light snow is also anticipated and with the fresh snow pack from Friday`s snowfall, widespread blowing snow is forecast and blizzard conditions are expected over northern Iowa. Further south, winds are forecast to be slightly less but still can expect gusts to 40 to 45 mph at times. Significant blowing and drifting snow is anticipated and near whiteout conditions may occur, especially in rural areas. In addition to the major visibility restrictions, temperatures will drastically drop throughout the day and with the potent winds, dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero are likely by this afternoon and evening. ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph with visibilities under one quarter of a mile at times.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Treacherous travel conditions from the already snow and ice packed roads and then the blustery northwest winds causing major visibility restrictions. Gusty winds may damage tree limbs and power lines and lead to power outages.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will drop drastically today and dangerously cold wind chill values are anticipated by this afternoon and tonight. Tow bans remain in effect for several counties in the warning.

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


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