Curtain going up

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As the curtain goes up on this mega-storm, the snow will fall for a long run. We expect snow to last through Saturday, occasionally heavy with blowing and drifting. While the intensity of snowfall is likely to diminish during Saturday, strong winds will result in blowing and drifting. A Blizzard Warning is in effect fo Duluth/Superior.

It appears that the final outcome, when all is said and done, will not have been oversold. This has all the makings of an historical event.

Graphical snowfall expectations as seen for our region from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

Meteorologists will now turn our attention to tracking changes in pressure and surface weather conditions as snow begins in earnest this evening. We will also be looking for any intrusion of slightly warmer air that could mix some freezing rain and sleet in with the snow from southeast Minnesota to west central Wisconsin.

Track the pressure pattern and surface weather in the central part of the Nation from the College of Dupage

This has the potential to be the heaviest statewide snow since the Halloween Blizzard of 1991.

Hopefully the advanced warning on this snow storm has found you well prepared to endure the weather woes of the next couple of days.

CE

  • Pat

    When does a snowstorm become categorized as a blizzard?

  • Evelyn

    The temperatures aren’t predicted to be cold enough in Southern MN to qualify this as a blizzard. What I last heard was temps around 25 degrees through Christmas Day.

  • craig

    NOAA upgrades a Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning when winds are frequently gusting at or above 35 mph and visibilities are frequently at or below one quarter mile for a period of at least three hours. Though temperatures are not considered a factor in a Blizzard Warning, one could suggest that temperatures below 20 with 35 mph winds enhances the severity of the situation.