Updated: January 17, 2020 01:42 PM
Created: January 17, 2020 05:17 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 7 PM Friday, with snow, pockets of heavy snow still at times, lingering into early Saturday morning. We could see a light wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain set-up later this evening. This chance is very limited, as our atmosphere will be cold enough to support mostly snow, but if this does develop, it's more likely to the south, over parts of northern IA (better along/south of Highway 18). When it's over, snowfall totals will range from 4-7" for most, if not all of the First Alert Forecast area. Higher totals possible along, and especially north of Highway 14. 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 both days.