Updated: January 15, 2020 07:27 AM
Created: January 15, 2020 05:19 AM
It's been a busy week in the First Alert Weather Center, with the three days in a row of light snow & slick roads. And it's going to be an even busier end of the week, with dangerously cold temperatures & wind chills Thursday, and closing the week with a potent winter storm Friday - Saturday. First the cold. Lows Thursday morning will drop to -10°, or close to it, if not there. And we'll have a strong NW wind to contend with at this time as well, pushing our wind chills to the dangerous category of -20° to -30° for some Thursday AM. -30° wind chills mean frostbite can occur in 20 minutes or less on the exposed skin. The forecast focus will go from the cold to the snow quickly, for Friday & Saturday. Right now, the forecast models has the center of the storm to our south, putting us in the area more favorable for heavy snow. Right now, the heaviest snow looks to fall around the Twin Cities, however our northern communities, those along and north of Highway 14 especially, could be on the fringe of the heaviest snow. Heavy snow looks favorable Friday afternoon, evening, and into the early overnight hours, and along with it a strong north wind. This will set-up travel difficulties around the area, especially the second half of Friday into Saturday morning, as blowing snow will cause visibility issues as well as slick roads. It's too early to talk specifics on how much snow we could see, but it's enough where we want to keep the shovels and snow blowers on stand by.