Winter Storm Promises to Deliver Fresh Snow for Winter Games

Mon 1-23-2017

(Spirit Lake)-- It looks like there should be plenty of fresh snow cover just in time for Winter Games if the current forecast is any indication. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the region tomorrow through Wednesday. Mike Gillespie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls tells KUOO news there's a potential during that timeframe for some moderate to heavy snowfall...Gillespie01 

"It looks like we're going to see a widespread 6 to 8 inches of snow kind of along and either side of Interstate 90 through southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, extending all the way down probably to about Highway 18, Highway 20 possibly, with that heavier snow. Toward Sioux City probably more in the 4 to 6 range. The Iowa Lakes area there and up into Jackson, Worthington, that whole area, right now we're looking at probably 7 or 8 inches of snow by the time this thing winds down Wednesday morning."

And Gillespie says the wind could become an issue...Gillespie02 

"Winds are probably going to be about 10 to 20 miles-per-hour which could cause some reduced visibilities when that heavier snow is falling. The winds will increase even more Tuesday night into Wednesday, probably getting into that 20 to 30 range again, which even though most of the accumulating snow will be starting to wind up, that strong of wind with the freshly fallen snow on the ground could create areas of blowing and drifting snow."

Gillespie says temperatures behind the system will be colder, but not frigid. He says daytime highs will drop back closer to normal for this time of year, in the low 20's.

Anyone with travel plans should keep up to date with the latest forecasts and road conditions.