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Winter Weather Advisory

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

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Fog and Icy Conditions this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Only light drizzle or freezing drizzle lingers across central Iowa this morning, but dense fog was also in place over northwest and west central Iowa combining with slick roads to produce hazardous travel with limited visibility. By late afternoon and evening the situation will change fairly quickly as colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Fog, dense at times, this morning followed by wintry mixed precipitation through today with light glazing expected. Snow will develop by late afternoon, becoming heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday to produce Blizzard conditions.

* WHERE...North and North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today due to low visibilities and slick roads, and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery 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.


Blizzard Warning

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

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Fog and Icy Conditions this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Only light drizzle or freezing drizzle lingers across central Iowa this morning, but dense fog was also in place over northwest and west central Iowa combining with slick roads to produce hazardous travel with limited visibility. By late afternoon and evening the situation will change fairly quickly as colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Fog, dense at times, this morning followed by wintry mixed precipitation through today with light glazing expected. Snow will develop by late afternoon, becoming heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday to produce Blizzard conditions.

* WHERE...North and North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today due to low visibilities and slick roads, and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery 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.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Boone; Butler; Cass; Franklin; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Fog and Icy Conditions this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Only light drizzle or freezing drizzle lingers across central Iowa this morning, but dense fog was also in place over northwest and west central Iowa combining with slick roads to produce hazardous travel with limited visibility. By late afternoon and evening the situation will change fairly quickly as colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. 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)

...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .Some rain, freezing rain, and freezing drizzle was still exiting the area this morning leaving slushy or ice covered roads. Travel will still be impacted for parts of the area, but conditions will begin to improve, at least for a few hours. Bigger focus is the next batch of precipitation which will be heavy snow and rain depending on your location. The heaviest snow will fall mainly this evening across parts of north central Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and into western and northern Wisconsin. Snow will accumulate quickly, perhaps 8 to 12 inches for some areas. In addition, strong northwest winds will develop overnight into Sunday morning leading to blizzard conditions and dangerous travel. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, and in Minnesota at 511mn.org.


Blizzard Warning

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

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

...Dangerous Storm Tonight...Blizzard Conditions For Some... .Some rain, freezing rain, and freezing drizzle was still exiting the area this morning leaving slushy or ice covered roads. Travel will still be impacted for parts of the area, but conditions will begin to improve, at least for a few hours. Bigger focus is the next batch of precipitation which will be heavy snow and rain depending on your location. The heaviest snow will fall mainly this evening across parts of north central Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and into western and northern Wisconsin. Snow will accumulate quickly, perhaps 8 to 12 inches for some areas. In addition, strong northwest winds will develop overnight into Sunday morning leading to blizzard conditions and dangerous travel. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight in these areas. Plan now for the wintry conditions. Adjust or cancel travel plans if possible. ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

* WHEN...6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, and in Minnesota at 511mn.org.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)

...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY... .A Winter Weather Advisory continues through Saturday morning for portions of west central Wisconsin through southeastern Minnesota, specifically along and east of a line from Blue Earth to Faribault in Minnesota, continuing to River Falls and Bloomer in Wisconsin. Snowfall accumulations of up to around 2 inches along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accretion can be expected through Saturday morning. A stronger system is expected for Saturday night through Sunday when accumulating snow plus blowing snow will impact travel, including blizzard conditions for much of southern and western Minnesota. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin south of I-94. This includes southern portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more suburban areas. Within the Blizzard Warning, snow accumulations will range from 1 to 3 inches in the west near the South Dakota border to 6 to 8 inches along Interstate 35 and east. The snow is expected from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday, followed by strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph for most of the day Sunday. This could lead to whiteout conditions, making travel very difficult or impossible in the open areas of western, central, and southern Minnesota, and far western Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for St Croix, Barron, Rusk, Chippewa, and Eau Claire counties. Within the Winter Storm Warning, snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches can be expected with localized higher amounts possible. The snow is expected Saturday evening through Sunday morning, followed by strong winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph for most of the day Sunday. This may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, making travel difficult for portions of far southeastern Minnesota into west central Wisconsin. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the counties along I-94 for the potential of 1 to 4 inches of snow and very strong wind. Winds could gust as high as 40 to 45 mph which could lead to very low visibility and dangerous travel. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation today followed by blizzard conditions tonight and Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph.

* WHERE...Waseca, Steele, Faribault and Freeborn Counties.

* WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM CST Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult or impossible Saturday night into Sunday.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. 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.


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