Winter storm watch in effect

  • Issuing Office: Minneapolis

    Source: National.Weather.Service

    3:16pm CST, Tue Jan 9

    ... WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... * WHAT... HEAVY MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON THURSDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 6 INCHES, AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A LIGHT GLAZE ARE POSSIBLE. * WHERE... PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN AND CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL, SOUTH CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. * WHEN... FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
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... MIXED WINTRY PRECIPITATION FOLLOWED BY LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW LIKELY ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... ... BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE OVER FAR WESTERN AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... .A BAND OF MIXED WINTRY PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO WESTERN MINNESOTA WEDNESDAY EVENING WHILE A BAND OF RAIN AND SNOW DEVELOPS LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FURTHER EAST FROM SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA TO NORTHWEST WISCONSIN. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO ALL SNOW, SOME OF WHICH MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. A THIN GLAZING OF ICE TO A COUPLE HUNDREDTHS OF ICE ACCRETION IS POSSIBLE IN ADVANCE OF THE CHANGE TO SNOW. A NARROW SWATH OF UP TO 7 INCHES IS POSSIBLE SOMEWHERE FROM THE NEW ULM/MANKATO AREAS NORTHEAST TO EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND NORTHWEST WISCONSIN. OUTSIDE OF THIS NARROW CORRIDOR, 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE FOUND FROM WEST CENTRAL TO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA WHERE WINDS COULD GUST TO 40 MPH. THIS WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW AND POSSIBLE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

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