Roads already slick with more snow and wind on tap for today
WILLMAR – Wet, compacted snow is making roads in west central Minnesota slick this morning with more snow and high winds expected later today as the region remains under a winter storm warning.
Although snowfall was light overnight, the inch or so of wet snow that did fall made roads slippery and travel is slow, said Dave Fritz, maintenance supervisor from the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department.
“There’s not a whole lot of snow but with the warmer weather it seems to be pretty slippery,” said Fritz.
More snow is on the way and much of the state continues to be under a winter storm warning.
“It’s not a huge, monster storm,” said Shawn DeVinny, a forecaster from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. “I’d call it a moderate storm.”
DeVinny said the weather system is “pretty close to on track” with light snow this morning turning to heavy snow as the day progresses.
“The main snow wasn’t predicted until the daytime in the area, and that’s holding true,” said DeVinny, adding that the Willmar area could get 6-8 inches of snow by tonight.
By this afternoon the northwest winds are expected to start howling with gusts of 25 mph predicted.
“The wind will pick up and the snow in the afternoon will be lighter and fluffier and it’ll blow,” said DeVinny. “There’s going to be some blowing and drifting.”
The real kicker will be tonight when the mild temperatures are expected to plummet to single digits. DeVinny said the wind chill Thursday morning could be 20 below zero.
“It’s a pretty strong, low-pressure system,” he said.
Crews from the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department have been out since 5:30 a.m. “trying to get the snow scraped off,” and will be out until about 6 p.m., said Fritz.
Crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are also clearing roads.