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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)

...Blizzard Conditions Tonight Through Sunday North and West... Mixed precipitation has already spread into west central Iowa late this afternoon and will continue to move northeast through sunset. This will all quickly change to heavy snow by early this evening however starting a period where one to two inches per hour is possible. This will also be coincident with increasing winds leading to widespread blowing and drifting snow, and even blizzard conditions along and north of an Atlantic, to Ames to Waverly line later tonight into Sunday. The axis of heaviest snow is expected to fall from Denison and Carroll north and east through Fort Dodge, Algona and Mason City where eight to twelve inches may fall. One to three tiers of counties either side of these areas confidence is lower due to a sharp gradient in expected snowfall where amounts could potentially vary one to four inches just across one county. However note that regardless of how much snow falls, wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph are anticipated later tonight into Sunday producing widespread blowing and drifting and blizzard conditions where more than several inches has fallen. This will continue into Sunday even after the snowfall has ended. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation late afternoon, quickly turning to heavy snow into the night. Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

* WHERE...West central and northern Iowa.

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult, nearing impossible at times. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and cause isolated power outages. Weak flat roof structures may be damaged by the combination of new snow and existing snowpack.

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.


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)

...Blizzard Conditions Tonight Through Sunday North and West... Mixed precipitation has already spread into west central Iowa late this afternoon and will continue to move northeast through sunset. This will all quickly change to heavy snow by early this evening however starting a period where one to two inches per hour is possible. This will also be coincident with increasing winds leading to widespread blowing and drifting snow, and even blizzard conditions along and north of an Atlantic, to Ames to Waverly line later tonight into Sunday. The axis of heaviest snow is expected to fall from Denison and Carroll north and east through Fort Dodge, Algona and Mason City where eight to twelve inches may fall. One to three tiers of counties either side of these areas confidence is lower due to a sharp gradient in expected snowfall where amounts could potentially vary one to four inches just across one county. However note that regardless of how much snow falls, wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph are anticipated later tonight into Sunday producing widespread blowing and drifting and blizzard conditions where more than several inches has fallen. This will continue into Sunday even after the snowfall has ended. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation late afternoon, quickly turning to heavy snow into the night. Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

* WHERE...West central and northern Iowa.

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult, nearing impossible at times. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and cause isolated power outages. Weak flat roof structures may be damaged by the combination of new snow and existing snowpack.

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

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Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell

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

...Major Winter Storm to Impact Region Tonight and Sunday... .A mix of precipitation types will spread into the area from the southwest later today. The storm track will go across our area making for a mix of snow to the north and west, with mainly rain to the east and south. Snowfall will be heaviest and most consistent from north central Iowa, across southeast Minnesota, into north central Wisconsin. Snowfall in the 8 to 12 inch range can be expected with locally higher amounts possible. Lower amounts will fall south and east of there, but there will still be impact. In addition, strong west to northwest winds will develop later tonight which could lead to blizzard conditions. Travel could become dangerous or impossible depending on the severity of drifting and visibility. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight. 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...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 11 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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 and Minnesota can be found on-line at 511ia.org and 511mn.org.


Blizzard Warning

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

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

...Major Winter Storm to Impact Region Tonight and Sunday... .A mix of precipitation types will spread into the area from the southwest later today. The storm track will go across our area making for a mix of snow to the north and west, with mainly rain to the east and south. Snowfall will be heaviest and most consistent from north central Iowa, across southeast Minnesota, into north central Wisconsin. Snowfall in the 8 to 12 inch range can be expected with locally higher amounts possible. Lower amounts will fall south and east of there, but there will still be impact. In addition, strong west to northwest winds will develop later tonight which could lead to blizzard conditions. Travel could become dangerous or impossible depending on the severity of drifting and visibility. Road closures are likely in areas impacted by the blizzard conditions. Travel is not recommended tonight. 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...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 11 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

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

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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 and Minnesota can be found on-line at 511ia.org and 511mn.org.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)

...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY... .A very strong low pressure system is expected for tonight through Sunday when accumulating snow plus significant blowing snow will impact travel, including blizzard conditions for much of southern and western Minnesota and into western WI. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin along and 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 less than an inch in western MN to 6 to 10 inches along Interstate 90 and into west central WI, primarily south and east of the Twin Cities. The snow is expected from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday, followed by strong winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to near 50 mph for most of the day Sunday. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel very difficult and likely 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 12 inches can be expected with localized higher amounts possible, especially in the Eau Claire area. 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 Weather Advisory is in effect for the counties along and north of I-94 for the potential of 1 to 3 inches of snow and very strong wind. Winds could gust as high as 40 to 45 mph which could lead to very low visibility, blowing and drifting snow, and dangerous travel. ...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 5 to 11 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 will 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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