Twin Cities NWS “Weather Story” highlights conditions today.
The major winter storm is pulling away from Minnesota. There will be some improvement this afternoon.
The storm has dumped as much as 16″ of snow in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin, and there are numerous reports of 3 to 5 foot drifts in Iowa.
Blizzard conditions with wind gusts to 49 mph and visibilities under ¼ mile raged in southwest Minnesota this morning at Jackson along I-90. Winds are gusting to over 40 mph in many locations in southern Minnesota this afternoon.
In Minnesota snowfall ranges from as little as 1.7″ in St. Cloud to 7″ at Twin Cities Airport to as high as 15″ in Winona.
Here are some snowfall reports from in and near the Twin Cities this morning:
-Twin Cities Airport 7″
-Eau Claire 11″
As Strong as the Edmund Fitzgerald Storm:
The central pressure of this storm over Milwaukee at 7am was 978 millibars. That’s lower than the November 1975 Edmund Fitzgerald storm at its height which was 980 millibars.
La Crosse has reported 15.5″ of snow through 6:30am. That is the 6th highest total on record for any storm in La Crosse so far. This is also a top 5 snowfall for the Twin Cities for early December.
Snowfall has tapered in the Twin Cities from west to east. Expect conditions to gradually improve by later this afternoon.