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WINTER STORM WARNING Issued for the Broadcast Area
11 January 2018, 12:30 | Marta Robbins
Mild day to prep for storm Friday afternoon
By Friday evening, precipitation will be all snow.
Around 3am on Thursday morning, the National Weather Service will invoke a Winter Storm Warning for the entire broadcast area. Mixed precipitation will create hard travel conditions.
SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with snow showers.
Winds will also play a major factor in the storm system. Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible. Along with the snowfall, blowing and drifting snow could make travel hazardous with near blizzard like conditions. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind.
Thursday night: A 50 percent chance of snow before 1 a.m., low around 15. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is likely. This will continue into the early afternoon Thursday as both temperatures and wind chills plummet. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour. The average accumulation by this time in the month is 4.7 inches. Blowing and drifting snow possible.
The storm is expected to push into the area late Wednesday but the bulk of its bluster will hit around morning drive time on Thursday before tapering off into the afternoon and evening. Those with travel plans across the area should pay close attention to later forecasts as snow amounts and location could change.WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS.Winds gusting as high as 30 miles per hour will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially on ridge tops and in open areas.
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