11:30 am update: A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Steele, Waseca and Rice counties, from 3 PM Weds to 9 AM Thurs. In the pink-y counties, there could be totals over 6 inches possible. I still think 3-5″ is a safe bet for areas in the Winter Weather Advisory (brown counties), closer to 5″ especially in south-central Minnesota and northern Iowa. Lighter amounts (3″ and less) from Rochester north and east.
The heaviest snow will fall overnight. And by heavy I don’t mean blinding – this will be a light snow spread out over several hours.
Earlier: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at Noon Wednesday and run until 6 AM Thursday. This is for a narrow band of snow that will develop smack across the area this afternoon and stay with us into Thursday morning.
My thinkings are that there will be a swath of 1-2″ by this evening, with another 2-4″ by Thursday morning. So, snowfall totals will fall in the 3-5″ range. Any additional snow on Thursday morning should be light, and should remain around an inch or less.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that you should prepare for winter weather conditions that will create tougher travel conditions. Drive safe later today and tonight…regardless how much snow you get. Remember that roads are still slippery from our recent snowfall.
Also, a note – your snowfall totals are appreciated. Additionally – we will only be able to tell you how much it snowed in your city if we get a report from there.
This post was written by Steph on December 15, 2010