First Alert Days: Blizzard warning in effect Thursday and Friday
Blowing and drifting with near whiteout conditions are possible
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dangerous wind chills are likely Thursday through Saturday. Wind chills could reach near -30 to -40 throughout the day on Friday.
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