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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
326 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

...STRONGEST STORM OF THE WINTER ARRIVES THURSDAY NIGHT BRINGING
HEAVY SNOW...STRONG WINDS...AND BLOWING SNOW...THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING.

.A winter storm watch continues for much of central and eastern
Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A blizzard watch is in effect for
southwest Minnesota.

Heavy snow will lift northward Thursday night and bring a quick 3
to 6 inches by Friday morning. On Friday another band of snow will
shift through the region. Locations that see both of these bands
can expect over a foot of snow. In addition, wind gusts of 30 to
40 mph will cause blowing and drifting.

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

MNZ065>067-073>076-082>084-091-092-230530-
/O.CAN.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.BZ.A.0001.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
Renville-McLeod-Sibley-Redwood-Brown-Nicollet-Le Sueur-Watonwan-
Blue Earth-Waseca-Martin-Faribault-
Including the cities of Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord,
Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, St James, Mankato,
Waseca, Fairmont, and Blue Earth
326 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued
a Blizzard Watch, which is in effect from Thursday evening
through Friday evening. The Winter Storm Watch has been
cancelled.


* TIMING...Heavy snow will develop Thursday night, with increasing
  winds on Friday.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...Whiteout conditions are possible, especially
  in open areas.

* Snow accumulations...6 to 12 inches are likely, with amounts
  in excess of 12 inches possible.

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

&&

$$

MNZ044-045-049>064-068>070-077-078-085-093-WIZ014>016-023>028-
230530-
/O.CON.KMPX.WS.A.0003.170224T0000Z-170225T0600Z/
Mille Lacs-Kanabec-Stearns-Benton-Sherburne-Isanti-Chisago-
Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa-Kandiyohi-Meeker-Wright-Hennepin-
Anoka-Ramsey-Washington-Yellow Medicine-Carver-Scott-Dakota-Rice-
Goodhue-Steele-Freeborn-Polk-Barron-Rusk-St. Croix-Pierce-Dunn-
Pepin-Eau Claire-
Including the cities of Princeton, Mora, St Cloud, Foley,
Elk River, Cambridge, Center City, Madison, Benson, Montevideo,
Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul,
Stillwater, Granite Falls, Chaska, Shakopee, Hastings, Faribault,
Red Wing, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Osceola, Rice Lake, Ladysmith,
Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls,
and Eau Claire
326 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING
THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

* TIMING...Rain will turn to snow Thursday evening and continue
  through Friday evening.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 to 12 inches are likely, with amounts
  in excess of 12 inches possible.

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

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.

&&

$$

jrb



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