Winter Weather Warnings / Watches / Advisories
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...MAJOR WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST
CENTRAL WISCONSIN TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT...

.A blizzard warning is now in effect for south central Minnesota,
including the Mankato area and I-90 corridor. A winter storm
warning now covers the southeast Twin Cities metro area over to
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Wisconsin. A blizzard watch remains
in effect from Redwood Fall over to Glencoe, with a winter storm
watch still in effect for most of the Twin Cities and the US-8
corridor in northwest Wisconsin.

Snowfall totals between 12 and 15 inches are expected along and
southeast of a St. James Minnesota to Eau Claire Wisconsin line,
with a very tight gradient in snowfall totals expected northwest
of this main band.

In addition, wind speeds are expected to between 25 and 35 mph,
with gusts around 40 mph in south central Minnesota. This will
lead to significant blowing and drifting as well for south
central Minnesota, where the blizzard warning is in effect

The Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be
significantly impacted.

MNZ044-045-049-050-054>058-064-231130-
/O.CAN.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
Mille Lacs-Kanabec-Stearns-Benton-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa-
Kandiyohi-Meeker-Yellow Medicine-
Including the cities of Princeton, Mora, St Cloud, Foley,
Madison, Benson, Montevideo, Willmar, Litchfield,
and Granite Falls
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has
cancelled the Winter Storm Watch.

The heaviest snow is expected southeast of these areas, with
snowfall amounts of 3 inches or less expected.

$$

MNZ074>076-082>084-091-092-231830-
/O.UPG.KMPX.BZ.A.0001.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.BZ.W.0001.170224T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Brown-Nicollet-Le Sueur-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Martin-
Faribault-
Including the cities of New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, St James,
Mankato, Waseca, Fairmont, and Blue Earth
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued
a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to
6 AM CST Saturday. The Blizzard Watch is no longer in effect.

* TIMING...Heavy snow will develop between 8pm and 10pm tonight,
with increasing winds on Friday.

* Snow accumulations...8 to 15 inches are expected.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...Northeast to northwest 25 to 35 mph with
gusts to 45 mph resulting in considerable blowing snow and
possible whiteout conditions.

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.

&&

$$

MNZ085-093-231830-
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.BZ.W.0001.170224T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Steele-Freeborn-
Including the cities of Owatonna and Albert Lea
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST
SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued
a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to
6 AM CST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* TIMING...Heavy snow will develop between 8pm and 10pm tonight,
with increasing winds on Friday.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 to 15 inches are expected.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...Northeast to northwest 25 to 35 mph with
  gusts to 45 mph resulting in considerable blowing snow and
  possible whiteout conditions.

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.

&&

$$

MNZ063-069-070-077-078-WIZ023>028-231830-
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.WS.W.0002.170224T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Washington-Scott-Dakota-Rice-Goodhue-St. Croix-Pierce-Dunn-Pepin-
Chippewa-Eau Claire-
Including the cities of Stillwater, Shakopee, Hastings,
Faribault, Red Wing, Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie,
Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM
CST SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued
a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and blowing snow, which is
in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 AM CST Saturday. The Winter
Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* TIMING...heavy snow will quickly spread in between 10pm and
  midnight tonight.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 to 12 inches are expected, with total
  falling off quickly north of a New Prague, to Cottage Grove, to
  Holcombe Wisconsin line.

* WINDS...Northeast to northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph
  resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...
food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

&&

$$

MNZ065>067-073-231830-
/O.EXT.KMPX.BZ.A.0001.170224T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Renville-McLeod-Sibley-Redwood-
Including the cities of Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord,
and Redwood Falls
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...BLIZZARD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT...

* TIMING...Snow will develop after 8pm tonight, with increasing
  winds on Friday.

* Snow accumulations...4 to 8 inches are possible.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...Northeast to northwest 20 to 30 mph with
  gusts to 40 mph resulting in considerable blowing snow and
  possible whiteout conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or
blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities.
This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very
dangerous.

&&

$$

MNZ051>053-059>062-068-WIZ014>016-231830-
/O.EXT.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T1200Z/
Sherburne-Isanti-Chisago-Wright-Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Carver-Polk-
Barron-Rusk-
Including the cities of Elk River, Cambridge, Center City,
Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Chaska, Osceola,
Rice Lake, and Ladysmith
427 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH
LATE FRIDAY NIGHT...

* TIMING...Snow will spread into the area between 10pm and 2am
  tonight.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 to 8 inches are possible.

* WINDS...Northeast to northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph
  resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

&&

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