Difficult for Some, Caution for Others
It’s a tale of two different weather stories across the region this morning. Travel has gotten so bad over southwest Minnesota that it’s no longer advised. That includes I90 west of Albert Lea, 14 west of Owatonna and I35 in North Iowa. (Please check current road conditions with MN 511 and IA 511 for any changes as this was written and 3 am.) But then folks who live closer to the Mississippi River Valley area have far less troubles this morning.
With this winter headache, snow totals have not been our problem, its strong winds. Winds have been clocked over 40 mph overnight west of I35, allowing for significant blowing and drifting snow. Also why a blizzard warning has been issued for those counties and travel has become difficult to impassable. However, those folks further east of I35 are experiencing winds in the 30s. Thus conditions are not as bad. Not easy to travel in, but passable with caution.
You’ll want to check in on road conditions. I do expect to see some rapidly changing roads, especially through the morning commute. We have links provided on the right hand side of your screen under Weather Links. The morning commute will be the most difficult. Winds weaken but still remain strong tonight. Be mindful of more blowing and drifting on the way home this evening and again tomorrow.
As mentioned before, falling snow not as big of a deal with this winter storm. Light snow showers become flurries and finally end tonight. The back door to Canada is open and cold air is running through the region. Temperatures have already we’ve seen a 20 degree drop in 10 hours. We’ll stabilize in the teens today but it will feel more like it’s in the -5° range thanks to wind chills.
A new and quieter weather pattern settles in tomorrow. No other winter storms are on the extended forecast, however our temperatures will be much cooler with highs in the 0s to teens until next weekend.
Today: Windy with snow showers. Blowing and drifting snow a problem for all. Especially difficult travel for southwest MN and northwest IA this morning. Still blowing and drifting this evening. Wind: NW 25-35 mph with gusts to 40.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries. Windy with blowing and drifting snow. Lows in the middle 0s. Wind: NW 15-20 mph with gusts to 30.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. AM wind chills near -20°. Highs near 10°. Wind: NW 15-20 mph with gusts to 30.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light snow. Highs in the 0s.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle teens.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle teens.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower teens.
Valentine's Day: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s.