The National Weather Service says to be ready for up to a foot across Central and Northern Minnesota, as well as Northern Wisconsin this weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect tonight through Sunday morning for areas along and north of a line from Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Rice Lake, Wisconsin to St Cloud, Minnesota to Morris, Minnesota. Snow is expected to start after midnight tonight. A total of 8 to 13 inches is possible by the time the snow ends Sunday morning. Gusty east winds of 30 to 40 mph could lead to patchy blowing snow as well.
Weatherology echoes the storm prediction. They say to expect snow and at times a wintry mix. Weatherology says total the system could produce snow accumulations of 8 to 13 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 35 to 40 mph. They put the time frame for the Winter Storm Warning at between Midnight tonight (Friday) and Noon Sunday.
NWS has also issued a Winter Storm Watch for areas just to the south along a line from Eau Claire,Wisconsin through Menomonie, Wisconsin to the Twin Cities and Hutchinson and Canby, Minnesota. The NWS expects a few inches of snow Friday night, and a few more inches of snow Saturday night. The uncertainty lies on Saturday, where we could see a transition to a wintry mix or rain. If we transition to rain, then total snowfall accumulation will only be 4 to 6 inches. If we end up being cooler and have more snow, then snowfall amounts will be higher. Given the uncertainty, will continue with a winter storm watch for these areas.
Meanwhile, areas of freezing drizzle are possible in southwest Minnesota Friday morning. A light glazing of ice could lead to slick roads and difficult travel. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across southwest Minnesota through Friday morning.
The system includes the counties of Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pope, Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Isanti, Chisago, Polk, Barron, and Rusk. It includes the larger cities of Alexandria, Long Prairie, Little Falls, Princeton, Mora, Glenwood, St Cloud, Foley, Elk River, Cambridge,Center City, Osceola, Rice Lake, and Ladysmith.
Obviously the storm will make travel very difficult. If you must travel, have a charged cell phone and warm clothes inside 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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