The latest from the National Weather Service says
this is shaping up to be a historic storm. Please stay off the
roads if possible, especially in southern Minnesota. Several
rounds of very heavy snow will continue through this afternoon
into this evening. Snowfall rates of around 1 to 2 inches per hour
can be expected through the afternoon hours. The snow will taper
down Saturday night, but light snow will continue into Sunday.

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect through this evening for
portions of west central through south central Minnesota. A
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect to the east of the
Blizzard Warning, including most of east central Minnesota, a
portion of south central Minnesota, and all of west central
Wisconsin. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for
Morrison county Minnesota.

Total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches are expected through
Sunday from southwest Minnesota to east central Minnesota and
northern Wisconsin. Totals will taper off to 4 to 8 inches across
west central Minnesota. There will likely be a sharp gradient on
the north side of the heavy snow band. In addition, up to a tenth
of an inch of ice accumulation is possible in southeastern
Minnesota into southwestern Wisconsin.

Cities in the Blizzard Warning area include, Chaska, Shakopee, Le Sueur, Faribault,
Waseca, Owatonna, and Albert Lea, Morris, Glenwood, Madison, Benson,
Montevideo, Willmar, Litchfield, Granite Falls, Olivia,
Hutchinson, Gaylord, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, St James,
Mankato, Fairmont, and Blue Earth

Cities in the Winter Storm Warning include, St Cloud, Foley, Elk River, Cambridge,
Center City, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul,
Stillwater,  Hastings, Red Wing, Osceola, Rice Lake,
Ladysmith, Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand,
Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire. These cities are in the Winter Storm Warning after 1pm Saturday. Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona,
Alma, Arcadia, Whitehall, and Black River Falls


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