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Blizzard Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
605 AM CST MON MAR 2 2015

...ACCUMULATING SNOW FOLLOWED BY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TUESDAY...

.A BAND OF SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS EVENING FROM EASTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA NORTHEAST INTO CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA. INTENSE
SNOW RATES ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THIS BAND AND A FEW INCHES WILL
LIKELY FALL WITHIN A 6 HOUR PERIOD LATE TONIGHT. ADDITIONAL SNOW
WILL DEVELOP ACROSS EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN MINNESOTA LATE
TONIGHT AND PERSIST INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE FORECAST AREA WIDE WITH THE
HEAVIEST AMOUNTS ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO NORTHWESTERN
WISCONSIN.

OF EVEN MORE IMPORTANCE IS AN ARCTIC FRONT THAT WILL PUSH THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH AND GUSTS AS
HIGH AS 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED...PARTICULARLY ACROSS WEST CENTRAL
AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THE STRONG WINDS WILL PRODUCE
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.
VISIBILITIES WILL BE FREQUENTLY REDUCED TO LESS THAN 1/4 MILE IN
OPEN AREAS.

A BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING FOR AREAS WEST OF A LINE FROM GLENWOOD TO
HUTCHINSON...LE CENTER...AND OWATONNA. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
IS IN EFFECT ACROSS THE REST OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA AND
WESTERN WISCONSIN LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

MNZ058-065>067-073>076-082>085-091>093-022015-
/O.CON.KMPX.BZ.W.0003.150303T1500Z-150304T0300Z/
MEEKER-RENVILLE-MCLEOD-SIBLEY-REDWOOD-BROWN-NICOLLET-LE SUEUR-
WATONWAN-BLUE EARTH-WASECA-STEELE-MARTIN-FARIBAULT-FREEBORN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LITCHFIELD...OLIVIA...HUTCHINSON...
GAYLORD...REDWOOD FALLS...NEW ULM...ST. PETER...LE SUEUR...
ST. JAMES...MANKATO...WASECA...OWATONNA...FAIRMONT...BLUE EARTH...
ALBERT LEA
605 AM CST MON MAR 2 2015

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM CST
TUESDAY...

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND TAPER OFF TUESDAY
  MORNING...AS WINDS INCREASE BEHIND A COLD FRONT. THE STRONG
  WINDS WILL PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 3 INCHES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...WIND GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH AND VISIBILITY
  LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE IN OPEN AREAS. VISIBILITIES WILL BE
  A BIT BETTER WITHIN CITY LIMITS. THE STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS
  WILL DEVELOP BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON...AND WILL CONTINUE INTO
  TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME DANGEROUS TUESDAY WITH DEVELOPING
  BLIZZARD 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.

&&

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
447 AM CST MON MAR 2 2015

MNZ065>067-073>076-082>085-091>093-031200-
RENVILLE-MCLEOD-SIBLEY-REDWOOD-BROWN-NICOLLET-LE SUEUR-WATONWAN-
BLUE EARTH-WASECA-STEELE-MARTIN-FARIBAULT-FREEBORN-
447 AM CST MON MAR 2 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL
MINNESOTA...SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE MIDWEST TUESDAY. THIS STORM
WILL SPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL ACROSS THE REGION. IN
ADDITION...GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW AND THE
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SEE THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR
FURTHER DETAILS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SKYWARN SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED.

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