Storm Update 2: Blizzard continues; Bitter cold crashes in

January 26, 2014 0 Comments

A dangerous Blizzard is ongoing and causing major problems causing visibilities to be reduced to feet in some areas.  Travel is NOT advised for the remainder of Sunday.  If you are curious about what Monday may bring..I have a blurb at the very bottom of the blog.  In terms of severe winter weather, nothing outdoes a Blizzard.  This is a very dangerous situation.

As of 4pm wind gusts are in the 30 -50+ mph range and will continue to increase as Sunday goes on.  twice the Mayo helipad at St. Marys recorded a 58mph wind gusts.  That would prompt a severe thunderstorm warning in the Summer.

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PLEASE if you don’t have to drive tonight don’t.  Accident reports keep coming in to our newsroom.  If you drive, you are not only putting your life at risk, but the people that may have to come and help you.

Whiteout conditions near Fremont, MN in Winona County. Sent by Mikayla Haugen

Whiteout conditions near Fremont, MN in Winona County. Sent by Mikayla Haugen

Whiteout conditions near St. Charles on I-90. Photo sent in by Kris Windmueller

Whiteout conditions near St. Charles on I-90. Photo sent in by Kris Windmueller

 

Whiteout south of Cannon Falls.  Photo sent in by Megan Hansen

Whiteout south of Cannon Falls. Photo sent in by Megan Hansen

 

Conditions look to get even worse before they get better as winds increase through the evening and nighttime hours of Sunday.  Winds will gradually start to come down by Monday morning, but they will still be strong enough to cause areas of blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions through the afternoon on Monday.

 

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As the winds are increasing, the temperatures are also crashing.  This is adding to the danger if you were to get stranded.  Temperatures will continue to fall very fast this evening/tonight before they bottom out at -20 degrees tomorrow.  Factor in the wind and it will feel more like -40 to -50.  These extreme and dangerously cold temps/wind chills stick around through Wednesday morning.  Once we go below 0 degrees Sunday night, we likely won’t see positive numbers until Wednesday morning.

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I can’t stress enough…please stay off of the roads.  This is a potentially deadly scenario, especially as it is turning dark.  Just another reminder of why below.

Blizzard on Hwy 63 near Spring Valley.  Photo sent in by Gabe and Andrea Watson

Blizzard on Hwy 63 near Spring Valley. Photo sent in by Gabe and Andrea Watson

Whiteout in Kasson.  Photo from Melissa Cottrell

Whiteout in Kasson. Photo from Melissa Cottrell

Whiteout near the MN/IA border.  Photo from Tonya Keim

Whiteout near the MN/IA border. Photo from Tonya Keim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY’S FORECAST:

The 1 Million dollar question is what is Monday morning going to be like in terms of visibility.  Winds will still be in the 20-25 mph range (With gusts over 30mph) through the late morning and early afternoon across the entire area.  While I expect some improvement there will be areas of blowing snow and at times could compare with what we are seeing Sunday night, especially in the most wind prone areas.  The winds finally go below 15mph during the evening hours of Monday.  Even though Blizzard warnings will likely have expired by Monday morning, I still expect a nasty commute.   Stay safe out there!

I’ll throw in a bonus feature as well for Monday’s forecast.  We will likely break a record (OH BOY!) in the temperature department.  We are gunning for the lowest high record on January 27th.  As it stands now the record low high for Monday is -5 set back in 1966.  The current forecast high for Monday is -12 so we have a pretty good shot!

 

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