First Alert Days: Blizzard warning in effect Thursday and Friday

Blowing and drifting with near whiteout conditions are possible
Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 4:53 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The forecast is still on track for a major winter storm to impact the region just before Christmas. Here are the latest details.

Current Weather Alerts:

Alerts 1
Alerts 1(KTTC)

A “Winter Storm Warning” will be in effect Wednesday evening into Thursday. Snowfall is likely overnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning. Travel could be difficult Thursday morning with snow-covered roads.

Alerts 2
Alerts 2(KTTC)

The National Weather Service has upgraded our warning for Thursday and Friday to a “Blizzard Warning”. This will be in effect Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday morning. Travel could become dangerous and impossible at times on Friday.

Weather Timeline:

Weather timeline
Weather timeline(KTTC)

Snowfall is likely overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. This is the time frame where we’ll pick up most if not all of our snowfall accumulations. Expect 3-7″ across SE MN and NE IA. Strong winds Thursday night and Friday will cause dangerous travel conditions across Minnesota and Iowa. Blizzard-like and whiteout conditions will be possible due to blowing/drifting snow.

Snowfall Totals:

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals(KTTC)

Generally speaking, most of the area will be around 3-7″ with some isolated areas reaching above 7″ of snow. Right now, current trends are placing a heavier band of snow just southeast of I-90 (areas in yellow).

Wind Chills:

Wind Chills
Wind Chills(KTTC)

Dangerous wind chills are likely Thursday through Saturday. Wind chills could reach near -30 to -40 throughout the day on Friday.

7-day forecast
7-day forecast(KTTC)