Major Storm Whipping Up Blizzard Conditions
- Author: Joey Payne Dec 28, 2018,
Dec 28, 2018, 0:14
This multi-day storm comes with a second and third punch.
A massive amount of wet snow could make returning home for those who spent Christmas away both complicated and more than a little unsafe.
A snow band is forming in southeastern North Dakota and into western Minnesota and is expected to continue southeastward.
Winter Storm watches may be issued for this event and this statement will be updated as new information becomes available.
They expect the low-pressure storm system to drop at least six inches of snow from northeastern Colorado to eastern North and South Dakota before sweeping through northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of MI.
More than 7 inches has been reported by WCCO Weather Watchers in northwestern cities like Underwood and Ottertail. Wind gusts in the Albuquerque metro area and Santa Fe are expected to reach up to 60 miles per hour causing blowing snow and whiteout conditions.
Areas farther north, including Gogama, Kirkland Lake and Earlton will likely remain all snow Thursday night with significant accumulations of 10 to 20 cm possible. The heaviest snowfall is expected along and west of the Red River Valley, where blizzard conditions are expected Thursday. Some areas could see as much as two feet of snow.
The winter storm warning extends south of St. Cloud.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of northwest Wisconsin from tonight until Thursday afternoon. He says the weather service wants people to monitor the forecast and adjust their travel plans as needed.
Gusty winds may cause blowing and drifting mainly through Thursday night but also extending into Friday. The storms will move eastward through San Antonio and Dallas, bringing high winds, damaging wind gusts and the potential for isolated tornadoes in the area.