Snow began to crawl northward into the Coulee Region starting around 8 PM. Snow showers engulfed the entire region quickly and started to drop heavy snow. The roads quickly deteriorated with snow falling at more than an inch per hour. Snow will continue to fall at moderate to light pace through the afternoon. Think about canceling, adjusting or delaying any travel today, as road conditions will be slick.
Winter Storm Warning…
The National Weather Service has continued the Winter Storm Warning through the late evening. Snow showers will continue to drop moderate to light snow and then linger into the afternoon. Road conditions will not improve until Wednesday. Blowing & drifting snow will be possible this evening to create travel difficulties as well.
Remaining Winter Storm…
Heavy snow fell at rates of 1-2″ of snow per hour this morning creating snow covered roads quickly. Roads will remain hazardous through the afternoon, so if you HAVE to travel make sure to take it slow. Light snow and scattered snow showers will be likely through this afternoon and potentially through the evening. Your evening commute will be just as messy as the morning commute. So, make sure to take your time and slow down!
Just after midnight snowfall amounts were already exceeding 3 inches throughout the Coulee Region. Snowfall totals have exceeded the double digits in some, but the heaviest of the snow has seems to push out. Although, if you are along or north of I-90 there is a chance to for moderate snowfall to continue and add an additional 2 to 4 inches. SE Minnesota, NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin should tally around an inch or two with the wrap around snowfall.
Ultimately, this was a powerful winter storm that is making up for the snowfall that didn’t occur back in December.
Blowing & Drifting Cause More Difficulties…
This snowfall type is dry and powdery, which is good for scraping off your car, but it’s easy to pick up by the winds. Winds will increase out of the northwest up to 20 mph and gusting to 30 mph. Blowing and drifting snow is likely, especially if you are in SE MN & NE IA. The visibility will/can near zero at times throughout the entire Coulee Region through tomorrow morning. Speaking of tomorrow, there gloomy and cloudy weather does push out quickly and spots of sunshine are possible to pick up your spirits tomorrow while shoveling away 10″+ of snow.
We’ll give you the latest on the progress of this storm on Live at Five, the 6 pm and 10 pm Reports.
-Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alyssa Triplett