Update on this weekend’s storm

December 10, 2010 1 Comment

Current local snowfall forecast for Friday night and Saturday. Disclaimer: THIS MAY CHANGE!!!!

Local watches and warnings for this weekend's winter storm.

We’re continuing to watch a big storm that will be affecting our area this weekend. This system has been an honest nightmare to forecast – with inconsistencies in the model track being the biggest headache. With a waffling storm track, keep in mind that these totals below have a very good chance of changing. Overall, it appears snowfall totals of 4-8″ will be possible, with lesser totals to the south, and higher amounts to the north.  From the cities into western Wisconsin, a band of 12+” is possible.

Being brutally honest – we have low confidence with totals for this storm with all of the difficulties with forecasting it. More so, with above-freezing temperatures in northern Iowa, most of this could start as rain before it changes over to snow, which would put a HUGE dent in snowfall totals. This all depends on the exact track the storm will take.

What we do know for a fact – there will be travel difficulties tonight and Saturday across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. There will be blowing snow with near-blizzard conditions on Saturday/Saturday night.

The Winter Storm Watch (blue counties) and Blizzard Watch (green counties) will be changed to an advisory or warnings of some nature later on, depending on how the storm plays out. Stay tuned.

Here are the basics:

What to expect – Minnesota

Tonight: Precip to start late this evening: freezing rain/sleet/mushy snow. Some icing may occur. Snow by tomorrow morning: 1-3″.
Saturday: Snow, blowing snow, low visibilities. Another 4-7″ possible.
Saturday night: Snow tapering off, blowing snow, low visibilities. Storm totals: 5-10″.
Sunday: Bitterly cold, blowing snow.

What to expect – Iowa

Tonight: Precip to start late this evening: rain/freezing rain/sleet/mushy snow. Some icing may occur. Snow by tomorrow morning: 1-2″.
Saturday: Snow, blowing snow, low visibilities. Another 2-3″ possible.
Saturday night: Snow tapering off, blowing snow, low visibilities. Storm totals: 3-5″.
Sunday: Bitterly cold, blowing snow.

More data will come in later today, and we’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned and bear with us during the weekend……

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  1. SCOTT says:

    any updates on the storm track

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