Major Winter Storm, Possibly Even Blizzard, Appearing More And More Likely Later This Week
(Spirit Lake)-- Hopefully you haven't put away the snow shovels and blowers just yet. Chances are we'll be needing them later this week.
The National Weather Service says things are coming together for what could be a major winter storm the latter half of this week, along with the possibility for even blizzard conditions. To make matter worse, forecasters say it could go on for a couple of days.
Precipitation will start off as light rain by Tuesday evening, with rain increasing Tuesday night and continuing through the day Wednesday.
There's growing confidence a significant amount of snow could fall, and that some parts of the area, including the Iowa Great Lakes, could see considerable icing before the changeover to snow occurs very late Wednesday night or early Thursday. The snow will then continue into Thursday night, winding down early Friday.
A winter storm watch has already been posted for portions of southwest Minnesota from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon where more than a foot of snow could fall.
For northwest Iowa, predicting snowfall amounts will be very tricky and will depend a lot upon timing...specifically when the precipitation changes to all snow.
The wind will also be a major factor. Forecasters say there could be gusts up to 50 mph, from late Wednesday night all the way into early Friday.
Forecasters are also concerned over the potential of a renewed flood threat that could be a result of this system.
Those with travel plans from late Wednesday night all the way into Friday should keep up to date with the latest forecasts.