A winter storm is still on track to move across the region starting Tuesday. While the exact snow amounts may still be in question, confidence is growing that some of the higher snowfall totals, along with strong winds, could impact the area and lead to significant impacts.
Open and flat areas of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa will likely experience the strongest winds Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night, which could lead to blizzard conditions, including low visibilities and large snow drifts leading to difficult travel conditions. In fact, some roads may become impassable Tuesday night.
If you have travel plans or activities planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, be sure to plan ahead. You may need to change you plans to avoid the worst conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect for Tuesday and Tuesday night. Heavy snow is possible from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night. The peak snowfall times appears to be Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.
Snowfall accumulations of 7 to 13 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches will be possible in the watch area. Winds gusting as high as 35mph could cause widespread blowing and drifting snow, especially on bridge tops and in open areas. In addition, significant reductions in visibility are possible.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Tuesday.
A blizzard watch is in effect. For details on that click here.