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Blizzard Warning

National Weather Service La Crosse WI
451 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...Dangerous Travel Through Tonight...

.A dangerous winter storm will continue to impact the Upper
Midwest through tonight with a combination of snow, wind, rain,
and ice.

As of 4 AM, heavy snow has occurred across parts of north-
central Iowa through southeast Minnesota and west central
Wisconsin with snowfall totals so far as high as 6 to 9 inches
across parts of southeast Minnesota. Farther to the south,
precipitation has remained in the form of rain or a wintry mix
into southwest Wisconsin and parts of far northeast Iowa, with
isolated thunderstorms as well. A temporary break in the heaviest
precipitation was occurring across northeast Iowa into southeast

Dangerous travel will continue through today as periods of snow coupled
with strong northerly winds causing blowing and drifting of the
snow. Additional snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are
expected through tonight from north central Iowa through
southeast Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin with 1 to 4
inches farther to the south. Storm total snowfall within the
heaviest snow band may exceed a foot.

Strong north winds with gusts of 35 to 45 mph will cause
significant blowing and drifting of the snow today and tonight
which will cause some whiteouts. This will be especially true in
open and unsheltered areas.

Expect any slush or standing water to freeze tonight into
Saturday morning.

Prepare now for this dangerous winter storm, especially if you
have travel plans.

Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,
New Hampton, Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona, Austin,
Preston, and Caledonia
451 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017


* Periods of moderate to heavy snow will continue today, tapering
  off this evening.

* Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause whiteout conditions
  in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely,
  especially on ridge tops and in open areas. Tree branches could
  fall as well.

* Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

* Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during
  the morning and evening commutes.


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. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.



Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
304 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

304 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southeast
Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

.DAY ONE...Tonight

Blizzard Warning begins at midnight. Travel conditions will
deteriorate overnight.

Precipitation spreads into the area late this afternoon,
continuing through tonight. A change from rain to snow will occur
this evening, with snow accumulations by morning in the 2-4 inch
range. In addition, there is a small chance for thunderstorms
overnight. Small hail and lightning will be the main threats.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Blizzard Warning through 6 am Saturday. Dangerous travel is
expected Friday and Friday night.

Heavy snow, and winds in the 20 to 30 mph range, gusting to
40 mph, will create dangerous travel Friday. Snowfall rates could
be 2 inches per hour at times. Blowing and drifting snow will
also cause whiteout conditions, especially in rural areas. Snow
accumulations Friday will be in the 4-8 inch range.

Snow and wind will continue Friday night, with total storm snow
accumulation in the 10-16 inch range. Whiteout conditions are
still possible in the evening, however winds should be
diminishing somewhat late.

In addition, isolated thunderstorms are possible Friday morning.


Snow and blizzard reports are appreciated.


No webinar is scheduled.


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