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Latest Video Briefing Concerning Blizzard Conditions

 

Blizzard Warnings are now in effect across south central Minnesota for late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.  Winter Storm Warnings are in effect across west central Minnesota.

A potent system will drop southeast from Canada Sunday, bringing periods of light snow and an inch or two of accumulation during the day.  Behind it, very strong northwest winds gusting in excess of 40 to 55 mph are possible late Sunday into early Monday.

Given the deep snow cover from the winter storm earlier in the week across southern Minnesota and an inch of fresh accumulation, the wind will result in considerable blowing snow and whiteout conditions in those areas.  Numerous road closures are possible.

Conditions are a bit more uncertain across western Minnesota where the snow pack is less condusive for blowing around.  Because of this, Winter Storm Warnings are in place.  If conditions become worse than currently expected, Blizzard Warnings may be issued there as well. 

Where wind is not expected to be as strong, but blowing snow is still possible, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued. That includes the Twin Cities.

Travel could become difficult or impossible in the Blizzard Warning areas by Sunday night.


 


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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
656 PM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

MNZ041-042-047-048-054>056-064-150100-
/O.EXP.KMPX.WW.Y.0023.000000T0000Z-190315T0000Z/
Douglas-Todd-Stevens-Pope-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa-
Yellow Medicine-
Including the cities of Alexandria, Long Prairie, Morris,
Glenwood, Madison, Benson, Montevideo, and Granite Falls
656 PM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...

Falling snow has come to an end over far western portions of
Minnesota. While strong winds will continue through the evening
hours, the wet settling snow is not expected to cause widespread
visibility issues. Therefore, the Winter Weather Advisory has been
allowed to expire.

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