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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
408 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.

MNZ047-048-054>056-064-021815-
/O.UPG.KMPX.BZ.A.0002.150303T1500Z-150304T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.BZ.W.0003.150303T1200Z-150304T0300Z/
/O.NEW.KMPX.WW.Y.0009.150303T0500Z-150303T1200Z/
STEVENS-POPE-LAC QUI PARLE-SWIFT-CHIPPEWA-YELLOW MEDICINE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MORRIS...GLENWOOD...MADISON...BENSON...
MONTEVIDEO...GRANITE FALLS
408 AM CST MON MAR 2 2015

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 AM CST TUESDAY...
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED
A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM CST
TUESDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 6 AM CST TUESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS EVENING AND BECOME HEAVY AT
  TIMES OVERNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL 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...3 TO 6 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 6 AM AND 9 AM AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
  AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT TONIGHT WITH THE HEAVY SNOW
  BUT 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.

&&

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