Winter Storm Will Bring Snow & High Travel Impacts!

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It was a very cold morning on Monday that ended up seeing a near 40 degree temp swing. Highs on Monday topped out in the middle to upper teens, which is a nice rebound. The clouds began to filter in overnight ahead of our next winter storm. That winter storm is set to deliver some accumulating snow today through tonight. High travel impacts are likely, especially for the evening commute.

Winter Weather Alerts Already Issued For Today!

Winter Storm Warnings: Winter storm warnings have been issued for counties along and south of I-90. These locations have the likelihood to see the heaviest snow with this latest winter storm. Heavy snow will mean high travel impacts with snow covered roads and reduced visibility. This winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday AM.

Winter Storm Warnings
Winter storm warnings are now posted for counties along and south of I-90 through Wednesday AM.

Winter Weather Advisory: A winter weather advisory has been issued for the remainder of the Coulee Region and counties north of I-90. Light to moderate snow will result in high impact travel today. Snow covered roadways will lead to slippery conditions. Snow accumulations will be lighter, but still watching for the possibility of banding to develop. This winter weather advisory is in effect until Wednesday AM.

Winter Weather Advisory
Winter weather advisories have been posted for counties north of I-90. Lighter snowfall amounts are expected there.

Winter Storm Developing …

There is an area of low pressure well to our south that is spinning up some upper level features through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest Tuesday morning. This is resulting in some snow through northern MN and even some light snow showers/patchy freezing drizzle here at home. That will be our first bout of lighter moisture for this system.

Today's Surface Map
The developing winter storm is just off to our southwest and will move east while spreading snow north.

That first lift of moisture that contains a light wintry mix may make for a slippery morning commute for some. Make sure to take it extra easy on the roadways. Temperatures through the afternoon will remain cold and should mix out any warm air. Highs will top out in the upper teens and low 20s; cold enough to sustain all snow.

Today's Forecast Highs
High temps will rise into the upper teens and low 20s this afternoon.

Snow Totals Will Depend On Banding Features…

The real main event comes later this afternoon. There will be some banding features that set up within this winter storm and that is what will be hard to pin down. Right now, it looks like models are suggesting a moderate to heavy band of snow setting up along and south of I-90 this afternoon. That band will result in the heaviest of snow.

Futurecast Clouds/Precipitation
That morning commute will be affected by some light, patchy freezing drizzle and flurries. Take it extra easy!

There may also be a band just northwest of I-90. These are all things that need to be considered carefully with this forecast as 40-50 mile banding features have high variability. Exact placement of those banding features will likely not be able to be pinned down until hours before.

Futurecast Clouds/Precipitation
Futurecast shows a focused band of heavier snow setting up south of I-90 and east of the Mississippi this afternoon/evening.

Nonetheless, be aware that in those banding features is where the heaviest of snow will fall. Snow totals will generally average 3-6″ north of I-90 with 6-8″ along and south of I-90. Make sure to keep up to date on the forecast as things are likely going to change as the system develops this afternoon.

High Travel Impacts Expected!

Today’s winter storm will bring about some slippery stretches this morning with the patchy freezing drizzle/light snow showers. Make sure to take it easy on the roads and carve out an extra couple minutes to arrive to school or work safely. This afternoon will be the worst of it. If you find yourself under one of those heavy bands, visibility will be reduced significantly. Not to mention, we all will be dealing with snow covered roadways.

Winter Storm Travel Impacts
High travel impacts are likely today with moderate impacts for your Wednesday morning commute.

Snow showers linger into Wednesday morning before exiting off to the east. This could result in some leftover slipperiness for the Wednesday morning drive into school/work. Make sure to use extra caution and if you don’t have to be out this afternoon, the best idea is to just stay put.

Potential Winter Storm Snowfall Totals
Snow totals will average 3-6″ north and 6-8″ south.

For more updates on the forecast make sure to tune into Live at Five, 6 PM, and 10 PM Reports. Watch WXOW or online on our website or on our mobile app.

You can always stay up to date on the weather with the StormTracker 19 Forecast weather pageon our website, or with the WXOW Weather App available for download for your Android or iOS device.Stay ahead of the forecast and plan ahead!

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Alex Wasilenko

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