Blizzard headed for Upper Midwest

Blizzard expected across western Minnesota Friday morning
6 to 12 inches of snow (15 to 30 cm)

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

STRONG WINTER STORM AIMING TOWARD UPPER MIDWEST LATE TONIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY…

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS WESTERN MINNESOTA FRIDAY MORNING – BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE NOW IN EFFECT…

WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TRACKS NORTHEAST ACROSS FAR SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN.

RAIN WILL BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING… BUT IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO SNOW BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES INTO EARLY AFTERNOON BEFORE TAPERING OFF BY EVENING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES EXPECTED WEST OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS TO ST CLOUD AND LAKE MILLE LACS…  HEAVIEST AMOUNTS OVER DOUGLAS… TODD… AND MORRISON CONTINUES (Counties?) AMOUNTS WILL TAPER OFF QUICKLY TO THE EAST.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE…ANY SLIGHT DEVIATION IN THE… STORM TRACK WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL FORECAST CHANGES…

WINDS WILL INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH ARE EXPECTED IN BLIZZARD WARNING AREA. THESE GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.

TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE.

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FRIDAY FOR MUCH OF WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…MAINLY WEST OF REDWOOD FALLS TO WILLMAR AND ALEXANDRIA.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA WHERE WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE QUITE AS STRONG… INCLUDES AREAS NEAR ST CLOUD… LITTLE FALLS… AND LONG PRAIRIE.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…INCLUDING THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA AND MANKATO.

 

Map of Forecast Area

http://www.weather.gov/mpx/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

 


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