Blizzard & Winter Storm Warnings Issued for Southern Minnesota
The National Weather Service has issued Blizzard, Winter Storm, and Wind Chill Warnings for most of southern Minnesota.
The Winter Storm Warning begins at 9:00 am Wednesday morning, before it transitions into a Blizzard Warning at noon on Thursday. The Blizzard Warning is in effect through 6:00 am Saturday morning. Additionally, a Wind Chill Watch has been issued for 6:00 pm Thursday evening through 9:00 am Saturday morning for possible wind chills colder than -35.
Travel conditions could become life threatening Thursday through Friday night due to the combination of extreme cold and blizzard conditions.
Snow is expected to begin mainly after 2 pm Wednesday, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation expected during the day. Snow will continue overnight, with 4 to 8 inches of new snow by Thursday morning.
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.
A ‘break’ of around 12-18 hours beginning late Wednesday through Thursday afternoon with limited new snow before winds increase.
Blizzard conditions will develop Thursday into Friday night as winds increase to 45 to 55 mph. Expect whiteout conditions, making travel impossible and life threatening. Additionally, the winds combined with snow covered trees could result in power outages.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.