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Main Event Saturday Night: Blizzard

Main Event Saturday Night: Blizzard

February 22, 2019 05:50 PM

After a warm lull in the middle of this storm on Saturday we quickly jump back in with a heavy band of rain that becomes snow on Saturday evening.  We'll transition to snow in the window from 4 to 7 PM with very heavy snowfall through midnight.  At times snowfall rates may touch up to 2" per hour and rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning may be possible.  This will quickly deteriorate roads.  Snow amounts of 4-10" of snow will be possible locally by sunrise on Sunday. Although it will be extremely difficult to measure given expected blizzard conditions.

By midnight, the wind will really start to ramp up from the northwest.  Gusts to 45 mph will be possible all night leading to whiteout conditions in wide open spaces and dangerous drifting out into roads.  Given full ditches and snow banks that move right up to the road in some locations, some roads will likely drift shut into Sunday morning.  Travel at minimum will be extremely dangerous and should be limited to emergency cases only.

Wind will slowly ease but continue with blizzard or near blizzard conditions all the way into Sunday night.  Residual impacts continue into Monday even as another round of light snow arrives.

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