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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Butler; Cerro Gordo; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Marshall; Story; Tama; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Periods of moderate to heavy snow will change to freezing drizzle toward sunset into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times.

* WHERE...North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Intense snow rates today will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact this evening`s commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Hazardous to dangerous travel is expected on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop creating near whiteout conditions at times.

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.


Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Douglas; Faribault; Freeborn; Le Sueur; McLeod; Meeker; Nicollet; Sibley; Stearns; Todd; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)

...WINTER STORM WARNING TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A BLIZZARD WARNING SATURDAY FOR WESTERN INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... ...WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH SATURDAY FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... .Snow has tapered off across central and southern Minnesota this evening and has transitioned to freezing drizzle along and south of the I-94 corridor. This freezing drizzle transition will continue into western Wisconsin tonight. Freezing drizzle will last 3 to 5 hours at any one location before transitioning back to snow for the rest of the storm. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday morning are expected, which will bring storm total snowfall up to 4 to 7 inches across the area. Blowing snow, with significant reductions in visibility will occur early Saturday morning over western Minnesota as winds increase from the northwest. The worst conditions will occur in west central, and into south central Minnesota through the day Saturday. Surface visibility will be near zero at times, especially in open country. In addition, falling temperatures will lead to icy roads and very cold temperatures. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Freezing drizzle and snow tonight. Blowing and drifting snow on Saturday. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Northwest winds gusting as high as 45 mph will result in poor visibilities with blowing snow.

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

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* 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.

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.


Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Calhoun; Emmet; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, snow will change to freezing drizzle into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times. For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected with gusts as high as 50 mph on Saturday.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 AM CST Saturday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 AM to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and significantly reduced visibility. Hazardous to dangerous travel conditions will impact the evening commute and are expected on Saturday. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Moderate to heavy snow will create near whiteout conditions at times through this afternoon until the precipitation changes to freezing drizzle. Blizzard conditions are expected to develop on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop.

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: Calhoun; Emmet; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Snow Will Transition to Mixed Precipitation Into This Evening Followed by Gusty Winds Creating Blizzard to Near-Blizzard Conditions Over Many Parts of Iowa on Saturday... .Moderate to heavy snow is moving through central Iowa this afternoon, but is beginning to transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle. This transition to freezing drizzle will continue to move eastward through the afternoon into this evening. Winds from the southeast are gusting between 25 and 35 mph this afternoon. Snow reports through early afternoon are generally between 3 and 6 inches over western Iowa as well. As freezing drizzle continues into tonight, a minor ice accumulations is expected. Strong winds from the northwest will develop early Saturday with wind gusts over 45 mph anticipated along with falling temperatures, which may result in a flash freeze on roadways. The gusty winds will also create widespread, significant visibility reductions on Saturday, especially over northern and central Iowa. This is when whiteout or near whiteout conditions with hazardous to dangerous travel is expected. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, snow will change to freezing drizzle into tonight. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times. For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected with gusts as high as 50 mph on Saturday.

* WHERE...Northern Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 AM CST Saturday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 AM to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and significantly reduced visibility. Hazardous to dangerous travel conditions will impact the evening commute and are expected on Saturday. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and impact power lines.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Moderate to heavy snow will create near whiteout conditions at times through this afternoon until the precipitation changes to freezing drizzle. Blizzard conditions are expected to develop on Saturday as strong, gusty winds develop.

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.


Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Mitchell

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

...Snow, Freezing Drizzle Tonight...Slippery Travel... .Snow will continue to fall across much of Wisconsin through mid evening while to the west areas of freezing drizzle will be more common. Roads across the region are snow covered and slick with the potential for additional icing. Be ready for slippery to hazardous travel conditions. Delay or alter your travel plans tonight if you can. The precipitation will switch back to a period of light snow early Saturday morning before winds become strong and gusty from the northwest. Blowing and drifting snow is likely across open and unsheltered areas, creating additional driving difficulties for travelers. Rapidly cooling temperatures will also cause wet roads to freeze during the day. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Freezing drizzle, snow to wintry mix. Additional snow up to 1 inch and ice accumulations up to 1/10 of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph Saturday.

* WHERE...Chickasaw, Floyd and Mitchell Counties.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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.


Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Mower; Olmsted

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

...Snow, Freezing Drizzle Tonight...Slippery Travel... .Snow will continue to fall across much of Wisconsin through mid evening while to the west areas of freezing drizzle will be more common. Roads across the region are snow covered and slick with the potential for additional icing. Be ready for slippery to hazardous travel conditions. Delay or alter your travel plans tonight if you can. The precipitation will switch back to a period of light snow early Saturday morning before winds become strong and gusty from the northwest. Blowing and drifting snow is likely across open and unsheltered areas, creating additional driving difficulties for travelers. Rapidly cooling temperatures will also cause wet roads to freeze during the day. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Freezing drizzle, snow to wintry mix. Additional snow accumulations up to 2 inches and ice accumulations up to 1/10 of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph Saturday.

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

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

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.


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