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

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

.A BAND OF SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS EVENING FROM EASTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA THROUGH CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY LATE
TONIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WITH UP TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW
EXPECTED. ADDITIONAL SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS EASTERN AND
SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AS WELL AS WESTERN WISCONSIN TONIGHT AND
PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING BEFORE ENDING EARLY IN THE
AFTERNOON. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION IN THESE AREAS WILL RANGE FROM
AROUND 2 INCHES NEAR THE INTERSTATE 90 CORRIDOR WITH 3 TO 4 INCHES
ACROSS EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN.

MORE IMPORTANTLY...AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL PUSH ACROSS
MINNESOTA TUESDAY MORNING AND WESTERN WISCONSIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 45 MPH...
ARE LIKELY...PARTICULARLY ACROSS WEST CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTH
CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THE STRONG WINDS WILL PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. VISIBILITIES
WILL BE FREQUENTLY REDUCED TO LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE IN OPEN
AREAS OF WEST CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING FOR AREAS ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM GLENWOOD
TO HUTCHINSON...OWATONNA AND ALBERT LEA. A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING ACROSS
THE REST OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN.

MNZ058-065>067-073>076-082>085-091>093-030445-
/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
244 PM 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 NORTHWEST 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 BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS DEVELOPING.

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.

&&

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