Thursday, April 10, 2008

More winter storms in spring

This is getting absolutely ridiculous...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
436 AM CDT THU APR 10 2008

...MAJOR WINTER STORM TO BRING HEAVY SNOW AND HIGH WINDS TO PARTS OF THE REGION TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

.A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR A PORTION OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. THE WARNING BEGINS AT 1 PM FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF APPLETON...
CANBY...REDWOOD FALLS...HUTCHINSON AND ST. CLOUD. THE WARNING BEGINS AT 7 PM FURTHER TO THE NORTH IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...INCLUDING ALEXANDRIA...LITTLE FALLS...AND MORA.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON INTO SATURDAY MORNING FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND THE HIGHWAY 8 CORRIDOR IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THIS INCLUDES THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA...RICE LAKE AND LADYSMITH.

HEAVY SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTHWEST AREAS OF MINNESOTA BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON AND LASTING THROUGH FRIDAY. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AS A PERIOD OF RAIN AND SNOW...BUT A QUICK TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THIS AFTERNOON AND BY EVENING ACROSS THE REST OF THE WARNING AREA.

THE CUTOFF FROM SNOW TO RAIN WILL BE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 8 CORRIDOR IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THESE AREAS MAY SEE PRECIPITATION OSCILLATE BETWEEN RAIN AND SNOW...AND POSSIBLY
SLEET...THIS EVENING WHICH WILL DRAMATICALLY REDUCE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED ON FRIDAY.

VISIBILITY IN THE HEAVY SNOW THIS EVENING WILL BE REDUCED TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATING OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT.
SNOWFALL INTENSITY WILL DECREASE FRIDAY...BUT ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR.

THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR IN A SWATH FROM CANBY TO REDWOOD FALLS NORTHEAST TO ALEXANDRIA TO CAMBRIDGE WHERE 12 TO 15 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS...IS EXPECTED BY LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THESE AREAS...INCLUDING GAYLORD...THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA...RICE LAKE...AND LADYSMTH ARE EXPECTED TO SEE FROM AROUND 6 TO AS MUCH AS 12 INCHES OF SNOW BY LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS...THERE WILL BE VERY STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THIS WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND POOR VISIBILITY IN OPEN AREAS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.

Just when you think we have turned the corner, this happens. Ugh...

Searching for my snowshoes,

Jean
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