Wind to Cause Blowing and Drifting Snow Tonight

Updated: 12/09/2012 3:28 PM KSTP.com By: Kaitlin Stevens

KSTP Meteorologist Jonathon Yuhas says that when the official snowfall totals come out this evening they may set a record for the biggest snowfall on December 9th. It could also be the third biggest snowfall in one day in December.

The Twin Cities and surrounding areas have seen 6 to 8 inches already today with at least another 2 to 3 inches still on the way.

The roads are slippery. The Minnesota State Patrol says that since 9:30 last night there have been 301 crashes and even more spin-outs and vehicles off the road, none were fatal.

The system is expected to pass through Minnesota overnight into Wisconsin. The weather service predicts 6 to 10 inches will fall in northwest Wisconsin on Sunday, with 6 to 7 inches in the north-central part of the state.

If you have plans to fly out today, MSP is reporting some canceled and delayed flights. Delta airlines, as it typically does in inclement weather, has waived change fees. They're giving people until the 13th to make alternate arrangements.

A winter storm warning is in effect north of a line from Redwood Falls to Red Wing to Eau Claire, Wis., through Sunday evening. Areas south of the warning zone are under a winter weather advisory.

Temperatures in the low 30s will keep snow amounts in the south metro down and most roads slushy. The suburbs just west of Minnetonka and north of Minneapolis are going to have the most difficult driving conditions throughout the day.

High winds are expected tonight. KSTP meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says those winds will hold off in the Twin Cities until after 7 p.m.  

White out conditions are possible in the Twin Cities after 10 p.m. KSTP meteorologist Jonathon Yuhas says white out conditions are like blizzard conditions but last a shorter period of time.

Blizzard conditions will develop in the Willmar/Marshall/Redwood Falls areas about 4 p.m. then Hutchinson around 7 p.m. Possibly also in the west Metro around 9 p.m.

A blizzard warning has been issued for areas in western Minnesota including New Ulm, Redwood Falls and Willmar on Sunday. Northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected in the afternoon before tapering off gradually Sunday evening, the National Weather Service says. Some gusts may exceed 40 to 45 mph. Blowing and drifting snow will cause whiteout conditions, making travel nearly impossible by Sunday afternoon.

Yuhas says the temperatures will drop quickly around 10 p.m. with bitter cold wind-chills moving into the area.  Temperatures will quickly fall into the teens with wind-chills heading to 0 before midnight.

 

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