ALERT DAY: Severe threat moves out, Snow impacts move in
(ABC 6 News) – The potential for severe weather in our area has moved to the east leaving behind heavy rain, strong winds, hail and tornadoes further south. Now the next system moves right in.
This complex storm will quickly change from the spring severe threat to a winter storm threat from 10 PM to 9 AM Saturday. Snow is likely along and north of I-90, with more moderate to heavy snow possible along and north of Highway 14. Snow intensity will pick up overnight.
A **WINTER STORM WARNING** is in effect for areas along and north of Highway 14 with a **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY** in effect for the first tier of counties in southern Minnesota into early Saturday.
While the heaviest snow will stay north of the local area, accumulations of 2-5″ will be common throughout southern Minnesota from I-90 & north. The overall snow trend will be more north & less south.
Strong winds may cause travel issues with blowing snow & low visibility, especially closer to Highway 14. Wind gusts between 40-50 mph are possible at times Friday evening through Saturday morning before easing up Saturday afternoon as conditions improve.
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When a warning is issued, take appropriate steps to keep yourself safe. Seek shelter in a basement or on the lowest floor of your home, in the most interior room, under something sturdy. Cover your head. Stay away from outside walls and windows. If outside or in a mobile home, the best bet is to get to a more substantial shelter. Do not seek shelter under a bridge or overpass; instead, get as low and flat as you can and cover your head and neck.
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