URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
327 AM CST Tue Feb 21 2023
...HISTORIC WINTER STORM SHOULD LEAD TO IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL BY
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY...
.Two primary rounds of snow are expected. The first will arrive
this afternoon, moving from west to east, and tapering off early
Wednesday. Accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected with round
one. Round two is more widespread, and will begin Wednesday
afternoon and continue into Thursday with an additional 10 to 20
inches expected. Total snow accumulations will range from 15 to 25
inches, with the best chance for the higher end totals across
east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. This is
expected to reach the top 5 heaviest snow storms.
The worst conditions will be Wednesday evening through Thursday,
and a Blizzard Warning was issued for several counties in western
and central Minnesota during this time frame. Heavy snow will
combine with northeast wind gusts of 35 mph across the region, to
near 50 mph in western and central Minnesota. This will lead to
significant blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions in
open areas. Some drifts may be several feet deep, making travel
Stevens-Pope-Stearns-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa-Kandiyohi-
Including the cities of Morris, Glenwood, St Cloud, Madison,
Benson, Montevideo, Willmar, Litchfield, Granite Falls, Olivia,
Redwood Falls, New Ulm, and St James
327 AM CST Tue Feb 21 2023
...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY FEBRUARY 21st TO 3 PM CST
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM WEDNESDAY TO NOON CST
* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total
snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. Winds gusting as high as 30
mph. For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 11 inches. Winds gusting as
high as 45 to 50 mph.
* WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west
* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, from noon today to 3 PM
CST Wednesday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 3 PM Wednesday
to noon CST Thursday.
* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible as
widespread blowing snow leads to whiteout conditions. Gusty
winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills as
low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as
little as 30 minutes.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant drifting will occur due to the
heavy snow totals and strong winds. Drifts may be several feet
Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a full tank of gas, a charged cell phone, and warm
clothes or blankets with you. If you get stranded, stay with your
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found
at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.