Winter Weather Warnings / Watches / Advisories
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
100 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...Dangerous Travel Tonight Through Friday Night...

.A dangerous winter storm will impact the area tonight through
Friday night. This storm will contain strong winds, heavy snow,
rain, a wintry mix, and thunderstorms. Due to considerable snow
accumulations and strong wind, there will be significant impacts
to travel for most of the area. Blizzard Warnings continue for
portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa while Winter
Storm Warnings and Advisories continue for the rest of the area.

As of 100 AM, precipitation has moved northward, impacting the
entire area. For areas along and northwest of a line from Charles
City Iowa, to Sparta to Steven`s Point Wisconsin, moderate to
heavy snow is falling, with some embedded thundersnow. South and
east of this line, precipitation is falling as rain or a wintry
mix. Snow or a wintry mix will continue overnight into Friday for
most areas. 2 to 4 inches of snow have already fallen across
portions of southeast Minnesota with lesser amounts south and
east. Many area roads have become snow covered and slick,
resulting in numerous slide offs. In addition, northeast winds
west of the Mississippi River have gusted to 35 MPH at times,
resulting in considerable blowing snow with visibilities reduced
to 1 mile or less at times.

Dangerous travel will continue overnight through Friday as snow
becomes 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 Charles City Iowa,
Winona Minnesota, and Black River Falls Wisconsin line. Some
thundersnow will also occur, adding to snowfall rates and reduced
visibilities. Light icing could also mainly south of I-90.

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 during the day 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 35 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.

Prepare now for this dangerous winter storm, especially if you
have travel plans.

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Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-
Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Houston-
Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,
New Hampton, Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona, Austin,
Preston, and Caledonia
100 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY...

* Moderate to heavy snow with near zero visibility in blizzard
  conditions will continue tonight into Friday, tapering off
  Friday night.

* Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause whiteout conditions
  in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely,
  especially on ridge tops and in open areas. Tree branches
  could fall as well.

* Total snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches are expected. Snow
  rates up to 2 inches per hour at times are also possible in
  thundersnow.

* Travel will be very difficult to impossible...including during
  the morning commute on Friday.

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. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

&&

$$

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/O.CON.KARX.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Taylor-Clark-Buffalo-Trempealeau-Jackson-La Crosse-Monroe-
Including the cities of Medford, Neillsville, Alma, Arcadia,
Whitehall, Black River Falls, La Crosse, Sparta, and Tomah
100 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

* Mostly snow or a wintry mix will continue tonight into Friday
  and then diminish Friday night.

* The heaviest snowfall rates will occur through 6 PM Friday.
  Some thundersnow is also possible tonight into Friday morning.

* Total snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches and ice
  accumulations of a light icing are expected.

* Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will likely cause some blowing
  and drifting snow, especially in open unsheltered areas and on
  bluff tops. Look for significant reductions in visibility at
  times.

* Plan on difficult travel conditions, 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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Allamakee-Fayette-Clayton-Juneau-Adams-Vernon-Crawford-Richland-
Grant-
Including the cities of Waukon, Oelwein, Elkader, Mauston,
Friendship, Viroqua, Prairie Du Chien, Richland Center,
and Platteville
100 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

* Rain or a wintry mix will continue tonight through Friday, and
  then diminish around 6 AM Saturday.

* The heaviest snowfall rates will occur Friday evening, and the
  greatest amount of ice accumulation looks to occur Friday
  morning.

* Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches and ice
  accumulations of 2/10 of an inch are expected.

* Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy blowing and
  drifting snow, especially on ridge tops and in open areas. In
  addition, some reductions in visibility are expected.

* The ice and snow will result in difficult travel conditions,
  including during the morning and evening commutes on Friday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow...sleet or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while
driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling
from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

&&

$$

Rogers



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