Winter Weather Warnings / Watches / Advisories
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1159 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...Dangerous Winter Storm To Impact The Region Later Tonight
through Friday Night...Dangerous Travel Expected...

.A dangerous winter storm is taking aim on the area tonight
through Friday night. This storm will contain strong winds, heavy
snow, rain, possibly a wintry mix, and thunderstorms. All this
will impact the region tonight through Friday night. Due to
considerable snow accumulations and strong wind, there will be
significant impacts to travel for most of the area. Blizzard
warnings have been posted for portions of southeast Minnesota and
northeast Iowa while winter storm warnings and watches remain in
effect for a good portion of the rest of the area.

Rain and some snow will move in this evening with minimal impact
expected on travel or activities. Travel will then become dangerous
overnight through Friday with snow becoming heavy coupled with
strong northerly winds causing blowing and drifting of the snow.
Snow accumulations from 1 to 4 inches are expected overnight,
highest north of a Austin and Winona Minnesota to Black River
Falls Wisconsin line. Some thundersnow will also be likely, adding
to snowfall rates. Light icing could also occur if freezing
precipitation develops.

Plan on mostly snow continuing Friday through Friday night,
although a mix with rain or freezing precipitation could occur
near and south of Interstate 90 at times Friday. An additional 4
to 12 inches of snow is expected Friday through Friday night with
the highest amounts expected across southeast Minnesota into west
central Wisconsin.

Strong north winds with gusts 30 to 45 mph will cause significant
blowing and drifting of the snow Friday and Friday night which
will cause some whiteouts. This will be especially true in open
and unsheltered areas.

Expect any slush or standing water to freeze Friday night into
Saturday morning.

Confidence is high that this storm will produce significant
amounts of snow. However, even a small shift in the storm track
will have large impacts on what falls where, and how much. There
still could be some slight adjustments as to where the heavy snow
band sets up.

Be sure to keep up to date on the latest forecasts and prepare
now for this dangerous winter storm, especially if you have
travel plans.

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Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-
Including the cities of Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona,
and Austin
1159 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Blizzard
Warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 AM CST
Saturday. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect.

* Expect a wintry mix to develop this evening, transitioning to
  all snow overnight. This snow will become heavy after midnight.

* Total snow accumulations tonight through Friday night in the 10
  to 16 inch range. Snow rates up to 2 inches an hour at times
  also possible in thundersnow.

* Significant blowing and drifting with some whiteouts also
  likely, especially in open and unsheltered areas.

* Travel will likely become dangerous.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded...stay with your vehicle.

&&

$$

IAZ008-009-018-MNZ095-240200-
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Mitchell-Howard-Floyd-Fillmore-
Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Charles City, and Preston
1159 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Blizzard
Warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 AM CST
Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Expect a wintry mix to develop this evening, transitioning to
  all snow overnight. This snow will become heavy after midnight.

* Total snow accumulations tonight through Friday night in the 10
  to 16 inch range. Snow rates up to 2 inches an hour at times
  also possible in thundersnow.

* Significant blowing and drifting with some whiteouts also
  likely, especially in open and unsheltered areas.

* Travel will likely become dangerous.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded...stay with your vehicle.

&&

$$

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/O.CON.KARX.WS.W.0002.170224T0600Z-170225T1200Z/
Taylor-Clark-Buffalo-Trempealeau-Jackson-
Including the cities of Medford, Neillsville, Alma, Arcadia,
Whitehall, and Black River Falls
1159 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY...

* Expect a wintry mix to develop this evening, transitioning to
  all snow overnight. Snow will continue Friday into Friday night.

* Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. Snow rates up to 2
  inches an hour at times also possible in thundersnow. Light
  icing could also occur.

* Look for significant reductions in visibility at times in the
  falling snow.

* Significant blowing and drifting snow will cause near whiteouts
  at times also expected Friday through Friday night in open and
  unsheltered areas.

* Travel will be very difficult to impossible...including during
  the morning and evening commutes on Friday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow...sleet
and ice are expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will
make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road
conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by
calling 5 1 1.

&&

$$

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Winneshiek-Allamakee-Chickasaw-Houston-La Crosse-Monroe-Juneau-
Adams-Vernon-
Including the cities of Decorah, Waukon, New Hampton, Caledonia,
La Crosse, Sparta, Tomah, Mauston, Friendship, and Viroqua
1159 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
LATE FRIDAY NIGHT...

* Wintry mix overnight into Friday...becoming all snow by Friday
  night.

* Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches. Snow rates up to 2
  inches an hour are possible in thundersnow. Light icing could
  also occur.

* Significant reductions in visibility are likely.

* Significant blowing and drifting snow expected Friday through
  Friday night in open and unsheltered areas.

* Travel will become difficult to potentially impossible by
  Friday night. Expect slippery travel for the morning commute
  on Friday.

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.

&&

$$

DS



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