Blowing, drifting snow today, wind chill warning tonight and Wednesday in west central Minnesota
A winter weather advisory for blowing and drifting snow remains in effect for much of west central through south central Minnesota today. A wind chill warning has been issued for much of same areas for tonight and Wednesday.
The advisory area is along and south of a line from Appleton to Mankato to Owatonna, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Northerly winds near 20 mph will occur across the advisory area, causing considerable blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will be reduced to under a mile at times, with temporary whiteout conditions possible.
East to west oriented roads will experience the worst drifting and motorists may encounter difficult travel conditions. Motorists should allow for extra travel time to reach their destinations.
In addition, a wind chill warning is in effect for tonight and Wednesday morning for areas of west central, central and south central Minnesota. The wind chill warning area is generally along and west of a line from Staples to Litchfield to Fairmont.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for tonight and Wednesday morning for areas of east central and southeast Minnesota, including the Twin Cities area.
The combination of cold temperatures tonight and wind speeds holding around 10 to 15 mph will drive wind chill readings down to the 35 below to 45 below zero range in the wind chill warning area, including most of west central Minnesota.
Wind chill readings of 25 below to 35 below are expected in the wind chill advisory area of east central and southeast Minnesota.
A life threatening winter storm with blizzard condition is expect in Iowa, Illinois and southern Wisconsin this afternoon through Wednesday morning.
This intense winter storm system is moving out of Arkansas and Oklahoma, headed northeast into Illinois and Indiana by late tonight.
This winter storm will spread heavy snow with strong winds and blowing snow across much of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Expected snowfall may range as higher than 20 inches in areas.
A strong circulation around this storm along with Arctic high pressure over the Northern Plains will result in strong north winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts over 50 mph possible in the blizzard warning area. The strong winds and heavy snow will result in widespread blizzard conditions in the warning area this afternoon through 9 a.m. Wednesday.