The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for a large portion of southern Minnesota in effect through noon Thursday.

This historic winter storm will likely lead to impossible travel by Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Blizzard Warning includes Freeborn, Le Sueur, Rice, Steel, and Waseca Counties +more). Counties outside the Blizzard Warning are under a Winter Storm Warning.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

An additional 9 to 14 inches of snowfall is expected, with most areas ending with total storm accumulations of between 14 and 21 inches.

The worst conditions will be from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, when wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph will lead to significant blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions in open areas. Some drifts may be several feet deep, making travel nearly impossible.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

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.

Stay tuned for forecast updates and winter weather related announcements. You can also find weather forecasts, closings, and road conditions on our app.

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