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Blizzard Warning in Area (NWS Update)

12-19-12

Update from NWS regarding major winter storm headed our way

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
403 AM CST WED DEC 19 2012

...DEVELOPING BLIZZARD TO BEGIN TONIGHT...

.BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM CENTRAL
WISCONSIN INTO EASTERN IOWA TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW. HEAVY SNOWFALL
WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING WITH WINDS STRENGTHENING TO 25 TO 40 MPH
TOMORROW MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL FROM CENTRAL
WISCONSIN INTO EASTERN IOWA AND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 10 TO 16
INCH RANGE BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS OFF TOMORROW EVENING. DUE TO
THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...THE PREVIOUS
WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A BLIZZARD WARNING.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL LESSEN TO THE NORTHWEST...BUT CONDITIONS MAY
BE JUST AS BAD WITH THE STRONG WINDS OCCURRING REGION WIDE.
THEREFORE...WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
HAVE BEEN ISSUED AS WELL. SNOW TOTALS FROM NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN
THROUGH PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND NORTHEAST IOWA WILL BE
IN THE 5 TO 10 INCH RANGE.  FROM NORTHWEST WISCONSIN INTO SOUTH
CENTRAL MINNESOTA SNOW TOTALS WILL BE IN THE 2 TO 5 INCH RANGE.
WHILE LESSER SNOW MAY FALL IN OLMSTED...DODGE AND MOWER COUNTIES
IN MINNESOTA...THESE WIND PRONE AREAS MAY SEE SOME BRIEF WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS AND THEREFORE HAVE BEEN PUT INTO THE WARNING AS WELL.

WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
REGION WIDE. SNOW PLOWS WILL LIKELY NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH
THE DRIFTING SNOW ON ROADWAYS...PARTICULARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING
AND AFTERNOON AS THE WINDS PICK UP...LEADING TO ROAD CLOSURES. THIS
MEANS THAT IF YOU ARE DRIVING AND GO INTO THE DITCH THAT FIRST
RESPONDERS WILL LIKELY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO YOU. ADJUST TRAVEL
PLANS NOW BEFORE THE STORM HITS OR WAIT UNTIL IT PASSES AND ROADS
ARE CLEARED.

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MITCHELL-HOWARD-WINNESHIEK-FLOYD-CHICKASAW-WINONA-FILLMORE-
HOUSTON-CLARK-TREMPEALEAU-JACKSON-LA CROSSE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DECORAH...CHARLES CITY...NEW HAMPTON...
WINONA...NEILLSVILLE...BLACK RIVER FALLS...LA CROSSE
403 AM CST WED DEC 19 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM
CST THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW.

* 5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL.

* SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 40 MPH WILL
  ACCOMPANY THE HEAVY SNOWFALL AND COULD CAUSE NEAR BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS....PARTICULARLY TOMORROW MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

* BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW COULD RESULT IN ROAD CLOSURES AND
  LOCALIZED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS TOMORROW.

* THIS STORM WILL HAVE A HIGH IMPACT ON TRAVEL. THOSE TRAVELING
  OR COMMUTING COULD FACE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE
CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.

 

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