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Potent winter storm on track Friday - Saturday

Potent winter storm on track Friday - Saturday

Jim Peterson
Updated: January 16, 2020 08:49 AM
Created: January 16, 2020 05:39 AM

Our ALERT DAY status stays in place Friday & Saturday, not for the cold like on Thursday, but for the heavy snow, strong wind, & travel impacts to be felt over the area.

Timing it out, snow arrives on I-35 between 10 AM & noon on Friday, sliding into SE MN & NE IA from 12 PM & 2 PM. Heavy snow will start up for everyone from 2 PM until about 10 PM Friday, with snow, pockets of heavy snow still at times, lingering into early Saturday morning.

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We are looking at 6" to 8" for southern MN, with higher totals possible along, and especially north of Highway 14.

4" to 6" will be common for northern IA, with higher marks closer to the MN & IA border.

The snow is completely over with by noon on Saturday, but the wind won't be. A strong breeze out of the SE Friday will turn out of the NW overnight into Saturday, gusting to/over 40 mph at times. This will lead to very difficult travel all of Friday afternoon, evening, overnight, and early Saturday AM. Very low visibility, white-out conditions possible, and slick roads will be common during this time.

Travel and road conditions should start to improve by Saturday afternoon and evening. Watch out for patchy blowing snow though lingering into and through Saturday night. All of this still could change, if the track of the storm shifts north or south, even just a little.

Be sure to keep it on ABC 6 News on-air & online for the latest First Alert Forecast on this storm!


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