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Watches and Warnings

Watches and Warnings

 

MN and Iowa Watches and Warnings

An Excuse to Cuddle with Your Sweetie

Anyone looking for an excuse to stay in this Valentine's Day weekend and snuggle can use this forecast.  With cold temps and even snow, staying inside a warm home may sound delightful to some!  But first, some light snow from overnight may cause some small hazards for morning commuters.  It was a light fluffy snow that piled up quickly and some side streets may be slick from it.  Also, as winds pick up and become breezy, drifting will begin in open areas. 

While temperatures are milder this morning, in the teens, it won’t feel as nice as yesterday.  Sunshine returns but breezy conditions keep a bite in the air with winds chills to -15°. Tomorrow morning will be the coldest.  We should bottom out near -15° on the mercury but will have wind chills near -27°.  Then a warm up begins with 20° on Sunday and the middle 20s on Monday.

Our attention is quickly turning to Sunday and figuring out the details of that system.  Our weather pattern is fairly active with these small clipper systems that keep passing through.  Sunday is one of the more robust clippers and is targeting central to southern Minnesota.  It would be a very narrow band of snow that tracks southeast and figuring out the exact placement is proving to be difficult with current information.  Typically these kinds of systems are quick moving and produce up to 4” of new snow.  However the models are suggesting it could be a little bit more.  I personally am skeptical that information at this time. 

I’m sure some of you are asking, “Does this mean I need to change my Valentine’s Day plans?”  If your plans involve going to brunch early in the morning, I would suggest something nearby.  Otherwise snowshoeing would be a perfect fit in the morning!  Dinner plans should be fine with only some light snow left falling.  Check in through the weekend for the latest.  I do expect to have to make some adjustments to the details. 

Today: Becoming mostly sunny. Steady temps in the single digits. Breezy with drifting snow in open areas and wind chills to -15°. Wind: NW 10-20 mph with gusts to 30.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows near -15°. Wind chills to -27°. Wind: NW 5-15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 0s. Wind: S 3-7 mph.

Valentine's Day: Mostly cloudy with snow.  Accumulations of several inches of snow possible. Highs near 20°.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the middle 20s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow. Highs in the upper 20s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in upper 20s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs in lower 30s.

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MN AREAS AFFECTED: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona
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IA AREAS AFFECTED: Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Butler; Calhoun; Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Franklin; Greene; Grundy; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardin; Humboldt; Kossuth; Marshall; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Story; Tama; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright
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IA AREAS AFFECTED: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Clayton; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek
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