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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
348 PM CST Sat Jan 20 2018

...MAJOR WINTER STORM NOW HIGHLY LIKELY MONDAY ACROSS
SOUTHERN/EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN...
...CONFIDENCE IN LOCATION OF TIGHT SNOWFALL GRADIENT IS STILL LOW
SO THE WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE METRO...

.The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm
Warning late Sunday night through Monday evening for areas southeast
of a line from New Ulm, to Burnsville, to Rice Lake. A Winter
Storm Watch remains in effect just to the west from Redwood Falls
to the Twin Cities to Taylors Falls.

A strong storm system will bring an area of heavy snow across
south central and east central Minnesota into western Wisconsin
by early Monday morning. Snowfall totals of 8 to 15 inches are
likely by Monday evening. At this point, the heaviest snow will
fall across the warning area. There may only be light snow
accumulations northwest of that line, therefore any slight shift
in track could result in large snowfall forecast changes.

A wintry mix with a period of freezing rain is also possible
Monday morning from Albert Lea toward Eau Claire, resulting in
light ice accumulation. In addition, northeast winds between 20
to 30 mph, gusting to 35 or 40 mph will cause blowing and drifting
snow and whiteout conditions at times, especially in open
country. It is possible portions of the Winter Storm Warning will
need to be upgraded to a Blizzard Warning in later forecasts.

Be prepared for difficult driving conditions if you have travel
plans across central or southern Minnesota and western and
northern Wisconsin.

MNZ069-070-077-078-WIZ015-016-023>027-210600-
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0600Z-180123T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/
Scott-Dakota-Rice-Goodhue-Barron-Rusk-St. Croix-Pierce-Dunn-Pepin-
Chippewa-
Including the cities of Shakopee, Hastings, Faribault, Red Wing,
Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie,
Durand, and Chippewa Falls
348 PM CST Sat Jan 20 2018

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT
CST MONDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Travel will be very
  difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on
  Monday. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 13 inches are
  expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and
  east central, south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From 3 AM Monday to midnight CST Monday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will
  cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found
at 511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling
5 1 1 in either state.

$$



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