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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...MAJOR WINTER STORM HIGHLY LIKELY MONDAY ACROSS  
SOUTHERN/EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN...  
...VERY TIGHT SNOWFALL GRADIENT EXPECTED OVER THE METRO SO THE  
WINTER STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE METRO...  
 
.A PORTION OF THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A  
BLIZZARD WARNING FROM MANKATO TO THE SOUTH AND WEST, INCLUDING  
FAIRMONT AND ST. JAMES. THE WINTER STORM WARNING WAS EXPANDED  
SLIGHTLY SOUTHEAST. A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM  
GAYLORD THROUGH THE TWIN CITES METRO AND BALSAM LAKE AS THIS AREA  
WILL BE CLOSE TO A VERY TIGHT SNOW GRADIENT.  
 
A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING AN AREA OF HEAVY SNOW ACROSS  
SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN  
BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 8 TO 14 INCHES ARE  
LIKELY BY MONDAY EVENING IN THE WARNING AREA. STRONG WINDS WITH  
GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH DURING THE HEAVY SNOW PERIOD WILL LEAD TO  
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN A PORTION OF SOUTH CENTRAL MN. FARTHER  
EAST, WINDS WILL BE IN THE 20 TO 30 MPH RANGE AND CAUSE BLOWING  
AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
A WINTRY MIX WITH A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN IS ALSO POSSIBLE  
MONDAY MORNING FROM ALBERT LEA TOWARD EAU CLAIRE, RESULTING IN  
LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATION.  
 
BE PREPARED FOR DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS IF YOU HAVE TRAVEL  
PLANS ACROSS CENTRAL OR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN AND  
NORTHERN WISCONSIN.  
 
MNZ074-082-083-091-092-211800-  
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
/O.NEW.KMPX.BZ.W.0001.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
BROWN-WATONWAN-BLUE EARTH-MARTIN-FARIBAULT-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF NEW ULM, ST JAMES, MANKATO, FAIRMONT,  
AND BLUE EARTH  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT  
CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED. TRAVEL WILL BE VERY  
DANGEROUS TO IMPOSSIBLE, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON  
MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 14 INCHES ARE  
EXPECTED.  
 
* WHERE...BROWN, WATONWAN, BLUE EARTH, MARTIN AND FARIBAULT  
COUNTIES.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 40 MPH WILL  
CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN BLOWING SNOW. SIGNIFICANT  
DRIFTING OF THE SNOW IS LIKELY.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE  
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS  
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT  
CONDITIONS, MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF  
YOU MUST TRAVEL, HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET  
STRANDED, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR  
MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND AT 511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT  
511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING 5 1 1 IN EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
MNZ073-093-211800-  
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
/O.EXA.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
REDWOOD-FREEBORN-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF REDWOOD FALLS AND ALBERT LEA  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO  
MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW AND A WINTRY MIX. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL  
CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON MONDAY.  
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED  
AMOUNTS UP TO 10 INCHES, AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND ONE  
TENTH ARE POSSIBLE IN FREEBORN COUNTY.  
 
* WHERE...REDWOOD AND FREEBORN COUNTIES.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET  
AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR  
IMPOSSIBLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND  
AT 511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT 511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING  
5 1 1 IN EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
WIZ028-211800-  
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/  
/O.EXA.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/  
EAU CLAIRE-  
INCLUDING THE CITY OF EAU CLAIRE  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT  
CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW AND A WINTRY MIX EXPECTED. TRAVEL WILL BE  
VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING  
COMMUTE ON MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 9 TO 12 INCHES  
AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A LIGHT GLAZE ARE EXPECTED.  
 
* WHERE...EAU CLAIRE COUNTY.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 30 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET  
AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR  
IMPOSSIBLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND  
AT 511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT 511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING  
5 1 1 IN EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
MNZ075-076-084-085-211800-  
/O.CON.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
NICOLLET-LE SUEUR-WASECA-STEELE-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ST PETER, LE SUEUR, WASECA, AND OWATONNA  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING  
TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO  
IMPOSSIBLE, INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON MONDAY.  
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 9 TO 12 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED  
AMOUNTS OVER 12 INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND ONE  
TENTH ARE EXPECTED.  
 
* WHERE...NICOLLET, LE SUEUR, WASECA AND STEELE COUNTIES.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL CAUSE  
PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET  
AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR  
IMPOSSIBLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND  
AT 511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT 511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING  
5 1 1 IN EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
MNZ069-070-077-078-WIZ015-016-023>027-211800-  
/O.CON.KMPX.WS.W.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/  
SCOTT-DAKOTA-RICE-GOODHUE-BARRON-RUSK-ST. CROIX-PIERCE-DUNN-PEPIN-  
CHIPPEWA-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SHAKOPEE, HASTINGS, FARIBAULT, RED WING,  
RICE LAKE, LADYSMITH, HUDSON, RIVER FALLS, PRESCOTT, MENOMONIE,  
DURAND, AND CHIPPEWA FALLS  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO  
MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS,  
INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW  
ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A  
LIGHT GLAZE ARE EXPECTED.  
 
* WHERE...PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND  
EAST CENTRAL, SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 30 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET  
AND ICE ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR  
IMPOSSIBLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND  
AT 511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT 511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING  
5 1 1 IN EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
MNZ064-065-211800-  
/O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
/O.NEW.KMPX.WW.Y.0003.180122T0300Z-180123T0600Z/  
YELLOW MEDICINE-RENVILLE-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GRANITE FALLS AND OLIVIA  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO  
MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT...  
 
* WHAT...SNOW EXPECTED. PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS,  
INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON MONDAY. IN ADDITION,  
SOME REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY ARE EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW  
ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS WILL  
IMPACT TRAVEL.  
 
* WHERE...YELLOW MEDICINE AND RENVILLE COUNTIES.  
 
* WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF SNOW WILL  
CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED  
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.  
THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR MINNESOTA CAN BE FOUND AT  
511MN.ORG AND FOR WISCONSIN AT 511WI.GOV, OR BY CALLING 5 1 1 IN  
EITHER STATE.  
 

 
 
MNZ067-211800-  
/O.EXT.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/  
SIBLEY-  
INCLUDING THE CITY OF GAYLORD  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH  
MONDAY EVENING...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS,  
INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW  
ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES POSSIBLE.  
 
* WHERE...SIBLEY COUNTY.  
 
* WHEN...FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT  
SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE  
TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.  
 

 
 
MNZ053-059>063-066-068-WIZ014-211800-  
/O.CON.KMPX.WS.A.0002.180122T0900Z-180123T0600Z/  
CHISAGO-WRIGHT-HENNEPIN-ANOKA-RAMSEY-WASHINGTON-MCLEOD-CARVER-  
POLK-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF CENTER CITY, MONTICELLO, MINNEAPOLIS,  
BLAINE, ST PAUL, STILLWATER, HUTCHINSON, CHASKA, AND OSCEOLA  
356 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH  
MONDAY EVENING...  
 
* WHAT...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS,  
INCLUDING DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE ON MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW  
ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 7 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.  
 
* WHERE...PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN AND CENTRAL AND EAST  
CENTRAL MINNESOTA.  
 
* WHEN...FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.  
 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH WILL  
CAUSE PATCHY BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT  
SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE  
TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.  
 

 
 
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