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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
330 PM CST Tue Feb 21 2017

...POWERFUL WINTER STORM TAKING AIM AT THE UPPER MIDWEST THURSDAY
NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...BRINGING HEAVY SNOW...STRONG
WINDS...AND BLOWING SNOW...

.What could be the strongest winter storm of the season is
expected to track across the Plains Thursday, to Iowa Thursday
night, and Wisconsin by Friday. Rain will develop across southern
Minnesota Thursday afternoon and early evening before changing to
heavy snow Thursday night through Friday. Snowfall rates of 1 to
2 inches per hour are likely within the intense snow band, which
could persist for several hours.

Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are likely from southwest to
east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, with amounts
of over a foot possible. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for
the area most likely to receive these amounts, but it could be
expanded northward in subsequent forecasts. In addition, northeast
winds Friday morning becoming north and northwest Friday afternoon
will gust as high as 40 mph. Blowing snow will further reduce
visibilities. If these winds materialize, blizzard conditions
should be expected in open areas.

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

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Chisago-Wright-Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Washington-Renville-McLeod-
Sibley-Carver-Scott-Dakota-Redwood-Brown-Nicollet-Le Sueur-Rice-
Goodhue-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin-Faribault-
Including the cities of Center City, Monticello, Minneapolis,
Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Olivia, Hutchinson, Gaylord, Chaska,
Shakopee, Hastings, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur,
Faribault, Red Wing, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna,
Fairmont, and Blue Earth
330 PM CST Tue Feb 21 2017

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

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

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

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 to 12 inches are likely, with amounts of
  over a foot 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.

&&

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Polk-Barron-Rusk-St. Croix-Pierce-Dunn-Pepin-Chippewa-Eau Claire-
Including the cities of Osceola, Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Hudson,
River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls,
and Eau Claire
330 PM CST Tue Feb 21 2017

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

The National Weather Service in Twin Cities/Chanhassen has issued
a Winter Storm Watch, which is 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 of
  over a foot 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.

&&

$$

BORGHOFF/JRB



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