Travel impacts are looking likely across much of the area as snow moves through the area Thursday through Friday night.

At this time, highest amounts look to fall from southeast Minnesota into north central Wisconsin, though confidence remains fairly low on exact storm track, and therefore, final snowfall totals.

Continue to monitor the forecast and make sure to check road conditions prior to traveling, as morning and evening commutes may be impacted.

What Has Changed:

  • A Winter Storm Watch (6 a.m. Thursday-12 a.m. Saturday) was issued this morning from southeast Minnesota northeast into west-central and north-central Wisconsin.
  • A Winter Weather Advisory (6 a.m. Thursday-12 a.m Saturday) was issued this afternoon for northeast Iowa and southwest & central Wisconsin.
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Overview:

  • Confidence remains somewhat low on storm track and snowfall totals with a storm system that will be impacting the region from Thursday into Friday night. If the storm tracks farther east and/or is stronger, heavier snow and higher snowfall totals would be expected. At this time, snowfall rates look to remain below 1” per hour. It is the long duration of snow that is contributing to the higher snowfall amounts (i.e. slow accumulating snow vs. quick, heavy snow).

Impacts:

  • Slippery to hazardous travel at times.
  • Some blowing and drifting snow possible in open and unsheltered areas.
  • Poor visibility at times.