BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM CST THURSDAY

MN-Big Lake , Blizzard Warning

Message: Alert
EVENT: Blizzard Warning
ALERT:
...HIGHLY IMPACTFUL SYSTEM TO BRING A LIST OF HAZARDS WEDNESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

.A significant change in the weather is coming on Wednesday.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect Wednesday and Wednesday night west
of a line from Mille Lacs Lake to Waseca, including the western Twin
Cities metro. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Wednesday
afternoon and night along I-35 from Faribault County north to
Chisago and Kanabec counties, including the remainder of the Twin
Cities metro. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for northwest
Wisconsin late Wednesday afternoon and evening. A Winter Weather
Advisory is in effect from Albert Lea to Eau Claire.

Snow will develop early Wednesday morning across western Minnesota,
with light rain or drizzle farther east. Temperatures will start
in the 30s but will plummet during the day following a cold front,
falling below zero overnight. This will turn the rain to heavy
snow very quickly early Wednesday afternoon across eastern
Minnesota. Wet conditions, heavy snow, and temperatures falling
into the teens will likely result in flash freeze with dangerous
travel conditions through Wednesday night.

Snow will continue into Wednesday evening area wide, then taper
off after midnight. Total accumulation will range from 5 to
locally 9 inches across east central Minnesota, 3 to 6 inches
across western Minnesota, and 2 to 5 inches in Wisconsin.

Strong northwest winds of 35 to 40 mph will develop behind the
cold front. Gusts of 60 mph are possible across western Minnesota,
with 50 to 55 mph gusts farther east. Considerable blowing and
drifting snow and whiteout conditions are expected. Travel will
become very dangerous Wednesday and Wednesday night. Wind chills
dropping to 20 below to 35 below zero will be especially dangerous
to those that may become stranded.

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of
5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of central, east central and south central
Minnesota.

* WHEN...From noon Wednesday to 6 AM CST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing
snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous
conditions could impact the evening commute. Strong winds
could cause tree damage. The cold wind chills as low as 30
below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little
as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Light rain from the morning will freeze on
the roadways as precipitation transitions to snow. Travel is
expected to become very dangerous quickly following the
transition.
INSTRUCTIONS:
Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found
at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.
TARGET AREA: McLeod; Sherburne; Le Sueur; Carver; Nicollet; Sibley; Wright
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