(Alexandria, MN) As with most of West Central Minnesota, driving on Friday afternoon was difficult from a visibility standpoint. The wind gusts in the 40-50 MPH range added to the drifting on road that was not just confined to rural areas. Obviously many schools were either closed, or closed early on Friday, and a fair share of businesses closed early. We went out around 3:00pm and shot some video along the main roads through Alexandria, including I-94, Highway 29/ Broadway Street. (VIDEO BELOW)
Winter Storm Warning
Issued: 310 PM CST Fri Jan 17, 2020
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.
Snow, heavy at times through early evening, then snow tapering off to light snow overnight. The snow may mix with freezing drizzle this evening in southern Minnesota. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds this evening will be 25 to 30 mph causing poor visibility in the snow. On Saturday, northwest winds will gust as high as 45 mph with poor visibility in the blowing snow.
Portions of central, south central and west central Minnesota. Generally from Alexandria to Hutchinson to Albert Lea.
The warning continues through 6 PM CST Saturday. Strong winds with poor visibility developing on Saturday.
Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute.