PREVIEW: High confidence levels are noted for this weekend as a major winter storm will hit across the region on Saturday creating travel hazards for the weekend. Totals of 6” + are possible with freezing rain down south.
TOTALS: Totals of 6” – 10” of snow is expected in many spots with an area of bigger totals for West Central Minnesota. The map below from the National Weather Service shows the general totals that we could expect for this weekend.
TIMING: Most of Minnesota will be in the path of this storm with the storm entering the southwestern part of the state by around 5 AM. The Twin Cities will see the snow enter around the late morning through the early afternoon with extreme northern Minnesota seeing the snow around 2 PM – 6 PM. The map below shows the expected timings from the National Weather Service.
AFFECTED AREAS: Most of Minnesota will be in the path of this storm with the bigger totals off West for areas such as Willmar and Marshal. Keep in mind, as this storm pushes through, the areas towards the southwest will see lesser totals as they will get some freezing rain as well.
ALERTS: A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of Minnesota as this storm system has the potential of dropping 6” + of snow across the state. The map below shows the Winter Storm Warning which is in effect until Sunday afternoon.
HAZARDS: Our hazards with this storm will be impacted travel, potential road closures, added stress to building roofs which could cause potential roof collapses, shoveling any of this snow will have some danger as it could cause health issues as it will be very heavy. Down south, freezing rain could drop some of the totals as well.
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DISCLAIMER: Our reasoning for delaying any forecast or predictions was proven early this morning. Thursday night our current Winter Storm Warning was a Winter Storm Watch, to ensure accuracy with our forecasts, we typically will wait until the day before the storm to issue any products.