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Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
957 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.

New model guidance indicates an eastward shift in the heaviest snow
potential. However, southern and eastern Minnesota and west central
Wisconsin are still very likely to experience heavy snowfall.
Snowfall amounts were tightened on the western edge of the snow
shield with little or no snow expected from Morris to Alexandria.

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.

MNZ044-045-049>064-068>070-077-078-085-093-WIZ014>016-023>028-
231200-
/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
957 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 possible, mainly from
  east central Minnesota through west central Wisconsin. Totals
  will drop off quickly west of a line from Hutchinson to Rush
  City.

* 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



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