The Live Blog is now closed…stay warm. Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings in effect Sunday night-Monday morning. Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings have been cancelled/expired.
9:30 p.m. update: Winter Storm Warning has been dropped for Goodhue and Rice counties, and has been replaced with a Winter Weather Advisory until Sunday evening.
8:30 p.m. update: Snow has tapered off, but visibilities are low in many areas due to blowing snow, drifting snow, and near white-out conditions. Wind chills have plummeted into the -20 to -30 range. Look for some flurry chances during the overnight hours. Snow totals seem to be in the 3 – 6″ range in SE Minn….I’m working on getting some fresh totals! Watch tonight at 10pm…we’ll have the latest! Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by our LIVE blog!
1:45 p.m. update: Winds have yet to pick up in Rochester, but already are gusting to 25+mph around Albert Lea and points south and west. Visibilities are dropping to 1/4 mile or less in those areas. This is all continuing to head east this afternoon. While it feels like nothing right now for the rest of us, don’t be caught off guard in the next hour to two or so!! Even if there’s not a blizzard warning issued for the rest of the area, winds will gust to 30+mph at times, visibilities will be reduced, snow will blow and drift, and wind chills will be bitterly cold…even when the snow comes to an end!
On that topic, our newsroom is reporting that MnDOT is advising no travel. The entire state of Minnesota is being affected by this storm, and a good chunk of Iowa, the eastern Dakotas, and will affect Wisconsin…you can find road conditions on our “Severe Weather” page on this blog.
Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm warnings are posted for the area and run from about Noon Saturday well into Sunday. Click the links below to find out more information…the Blizzard Warning for Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Franklin, and Hancock counties is from 6pm Saturday to 3pm Sunday…a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect FIRST before the Blizzard Warning for those counties. Everyone else in the viewing area is under a Winter Storm Warning. More to come…
NWS La Crosse Homepage
NWS Des Moines Homepage
NWS Twin Cities Homepage
Posted under KTTC, weather, winter weather
This post was written by Steph on December 20, 2008