URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
854 PM CST Sat Feb 23 2019
 
...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY...
 
.A Blizzard Warning is in effect through Sunday afternoon for
most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin along and south of I-94.
This includes portions of the Twin Cities metro, away from more
suburban areas. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through
Sunday afternoon for Barron, Rusk, Chippewa, and Eau Claire
counties, and from the core of the Twin Cities metro northward
along I-35. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the
counties north of I-94 and west of I-35.
 
Snow accumulations tonight and Sunday morning will range from 9
to 13 inches southeast of line from Fairmont to Faribault and
Rice Lake. Snowfall rates in that area could exceed 2 inches per
hour. A few thunderstorms are also possible. Amounts will quickly
drop off northwest of that line with 2 to 4 inches expected in
the Twin Cities metro and an inch or less west of St. Cloud and
Redwood Falls.
 
Very strong northwest winds will develop later tonight across
western Minnesota and spread eastward Sunday. Wind gusts of 50 mph
are expected, which will result in widespread whiteout conditions
in the Blizzard Warning area. Travel will be very dangerous or
impossible. Widespread road closures are expected. DO NOT TRAVEL.
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Including the cities of Alexandria, Long Prairie, Morris,
Glenwood, St Cloud, Elk River, Madison, Benson, Montevideo,
Willmar, Litchfield, Monticello, Granite Falls, Olivia,
Hutchinson, Chaska, and Redwood Falls
854 PM CST Sat Feb 23 2019
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...
* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations
of up to one inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.
 
* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, southwest and west
central Minnesota.
 
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Sunday.
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions.
Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind
chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on
exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle.
 
The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found at
511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in
either state.
 
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