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Weather Alerts for Rice County   (MNZ077)

icn  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
RICE COUNTY   (MNZ077)

Effective: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 05:43pm CST Severity: Minor
Updated: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 05:43pm CST Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 01:45am CST Certainty: Likely

Areas Affected: Blue Earth; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Le Sueur; Rice; Steele; Waseca
 
Alert:
...MAJOR WINTER STORM BEARING DOWN ON THE UPPER MIDWEST TONIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS WESTERN MINNESOTA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING...
.A POWERFUL WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO ORGANIZE ACROSS THE DAKOTAS
AND WILL BEGIN AFFECTING WESTERN MINNESOTA THIS EVENING...AND
EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW
PRESSURE WILL TRACK FROM ABOUT NEW ULM TO ROCHESTER ON SUNDAY
WHICH IS A LITTLE FURTHER SOUTH THAN EARLIER ANTICIPATED.
MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED AHEAD AND NORTH OF THIS
LOW TRACK TONIGHT AND SUNDAY.
BECAUSE COMPUTER MODELS HAVE SHIFTED SOUTH WITH THE TRACK OF THE
LOW...WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES HAVE
ALSO SHIFTED SOUTH. WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE NOW IN EFFECT NORTH
OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS...TO RED WING MINNESOTA...AND EAU
CLAIRE WISCONSIN TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 9 INCHES...WITH THE HEAVIEST
TOTALS NORTHEAST OF INTERSTATE 94.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES HAVE BEEN ISSUED SOUTH OF THE WINTER
STORM WARNING DOWN TO THE IOWA BORDER TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS HERE WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES.
BEHIND THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM...SUSTAINED NORTHWEST WINDS OF
25 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER WESTERN MINNESOTA SUNDAY AFTERNOON
BEFORE TAPERING OFF GRADUALLY SUNDAY EVENING. SOME GUSTS MAY
EXCEED 40 TO 45 MPH. CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL
RESULT IN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MAKING TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE BY
SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THEREFORE...A BLIZZARD WARNING WILL REPLACE THE
WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 11 AM SUNDAY THROUGH MIDNIGHT SUNDAY
NIGHT WEST OF A LINE FROM MANKATO TO ALEXANDRIA. AREAS OF BLOWING
AND DRIFTING SNOW ARE ALSO EXPECTED FURTHER EAST...BUT LIGHTER
WINDS PRECLUDE THE ISSUANCE OF A BLIZZARD WARNING AT THIS TIME.
TEMPERATURES WILL PLUMMET BEHIND THE SYSTEM TO WELL BELOW ZERO
LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OVER WESTERN MINNESOTA WITH WIND CHILL READINGS
AS LOW AS 20 TO 30 BELOW. DO NOT TRAVEL. SHOULD YOUR VEHICLE GET
STUCK...YOUR LIFE WILL BE AT RISK.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST SUNDAY NIGHT...
* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA LATE THIS EVENING.
THE STEADY SNOW WILL TAPER OFF SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH A FEW
SNOW SHOWERS EXPECTED THEREAFTER. THE WIND WILL THEN INCREASE
FROM THE NORTHWEST WITH AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 5 INCHES.
* OTHER IMPACTS...AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL
DEVELOP LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS NORTHWEST WINDS INCREASE TO
15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 35 MPH. THE BLOWING SNOW WILL
SUBSIDE LATE SUNDAY EVENING AS WINDS BEGIN TO DIMINISH.
Instructions:
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW MEANS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
LIGHT TO MODERATE AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE
TRAVEL HAZARDOUS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.