A blizzard warning covers parts of at least eight Midwestern states at the time of posting. A rare combination of cold.
Includes the cities of Morris, Glenwood, Madison, Benson, Montevideo, Wilmar, Granite Falls, Olivia, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St. James and Fairmont
11:39AM CST Thursday 22 Dec 2022 …Storm Warning in effect until 12:00 noon Saturday… …Winter Storm Warning in effect until 12:00 noon CST today.. …blizzard warning in effect until 6am CST Saturday…
★What…During heavy snow warning issuance, blizzard forecast. For storm warnings, dangerously cold winds are expected. The wind chills down to 40 degrees below zero. For blizzard warnings, whiteout conditions are expected. The wind is blowing 45 mph.
* WHERE… Central, South Central, Southwest, and parts of West Central Minnesota.
* When… Winter Storm Warnings until 12:00 CST today. For the wind chill warning, from 6am this morning until noon CST he on Saturday. For blizzard warnings from noon today through 6am CST on Saturday.
* Consequences… A widespread blizzard with whiteout conditions tonight through Saturday morning will make travel nearly impossible. Dangerously cold wind chill can cause frostbite on exposed skin in just 10 minutes.
* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION… avoid traveling. Precautions/preparedness actions… Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, pack your winter survival kit with warm clothes and a charged cell phone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to arrive. If you get stuck, stay in your car. You can get the latest road conditions in the state you are calling by calling 5 1 1. You can also check road conditions at 511mn.org for Minnesota and 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.
A wind chill warning has been issued and will cover much of the northern US at some point this weekend. Wind chills of -30 and -40 degrees cover much of the Upper Midwest. The Dakota could see a wind chill factor of -50 degrees on Friday.
In these brutal conditions, the skin can freeze in minutes.
quiet christmas weekend
Winds will ease gradually in Minnesota on Saturday. Light snow is likely to graze southwestern Minnesota later on Sunday, but the weather will be milder overall this weekend. After the blizzard, travel could improve through Sunday if road workers get a handle on the situation.
Defrost next week?
Calm Pacific air will roll into Minnesota next week. By Wednesday and Thursday next week, temperatures could hit the 30s and near 40s.
Stay safe in Minnesota.
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