Winter Storm Warning

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 7:55 am

Our major winter storm is continuing to rapidly develop this morning across the region. Temps are starting out mild in the lower 30s and will remain in the mild 30s through the day but as the morning moves on expect rain/snow mixed showers to develop, changing to heavy snow midday and continuing through the afternoon-evening with snow through the night finally tapering off into the early morning hours Friday.

Overnight winds will also increase rapidly to sustained speeds of 20-30 mph. Gusts could be as high as 50 mph south of the Twin Cities area creating blizzard conditions. A Blizzard Warning is out for southern Minnesota. Up to 7 inches of snow are possible today with an additional 3-5 tonight. Temperatures will drop behind the system Friday freezing the heavy wet snow solid. The polar vortex also returns next week with single digit highs and overnight lows well below zero by mid to late week.

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