Snow and Extreme Cold to Make for One-Two Punch of Wintry Weekend Weather
(Spirit Lake)-- It looks like this will be a good weekend to just stay home and cozy up with a good book or holiday movie. What could be a significant winter storm is knocking on our door.
A winter storm WARNING is in effect for the southwest Minnesota portion of the listening area and winter weather advisory is in effect for northwest Iowa from now into tomorrow. Todd Heitkamp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, says conditions will start to deterioriate this afternoon...
"We are expecting snow to move into the area by early this afternoon and then conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the remainder of the afternoon into the evening. It looks like the heaviest snowfall will occur from 3:00, 4:00 this afternoon until 9:00, 10:00 this evening and then gradually tapering off. We're expecting right around 3 to 5, 4 to 6 inches of snow in the greater lakes, Iowa lakes area."
Heitkamp says heavier snow will fall in the winter storm warning area in southwest Minnesota...
"That's exactly right. And you don't have to drive too far north and you'll run into the heavier snow band up there, but it looks like areas along and north of I90 will experience the heaviest snowfall. Those areas could experience anywhere from 6 to 9 inches. It still looks like there's going to be quite a bit of wind on the back end of this? Well yeah. You know the good thing is the wind is going to be associated with this snow that's going to be falling today and the wind is going to be fairly light during the day. But it's going to start to increase as the snow decreases. So we can expect the wind to increase overnight tonight with gusts up to 25 to 30 mph, and then continue throughout the day Saturday. Then the other story tomorrow (Sat.) along with the wind causing the blowing and drifting of the snow is going to cause dangerous windchills across the area because we're going to have quite a bit of colder air moving into the area, probably the coldest air we've seen the last 5 to 7 years."
The good news is that a warm up is on the horizon...
"Well yeah, it looks like Monday and Tuesday we'll start to rebound nicely. By Tuesday we'll be dealing with temperatures for highs in the lower 30's so we're going to be dealing with basically almost a 50 degree, 50 degree to 60 degree temperature swing from Sunday into Tuesday. So the good news is that the cold snap is going to be fairly brief and it looks like most of next week is going to be fairly warm but it does look like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day itself we'll get hit with another cold wave but not near as cold as what we're experiencing this weekend."
"Well yeah. It looks like Monday and Tuesday we'll start to rebound nicely and that by Tuesday we'll be dealing with temperatures for highs in the lower 30's. So we're going to be dealing with basically almost a 50 degree
And Heitkamp says as of right now no major storms are on the horizon for the Christmas holiday.