A powerful storm will bring a combination of blizzard conditions, freezing rain, heavy snow, strong winds, and isolated thunderstorms to the region this weekend from late Friday through Saturday. Heavy snow is expected from southwest Minnesota through northern and central Wisconsin with wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph. Travel will be the primary impact, but snow/ice accumulations may cause power outages as well. Heavy rainfall and snow will set the stage for potential river flooding from Sunday into next week.
Winter Weather Quick Facts:
A Winter Storm Watch: is issued when conditions are favorable for significant winter weather and/or blizzard conditions. Time to prepare!
A Winter Storm Warning: is issued when a combination of heavy snow, blowing snow, and possibly ice mixed with snow is expected to impact the area. Time to act!
A Blizzard Warning: is issued when the combination of strong wind, low visibility, and heavy snow will significantly impact daily life. Time to stay home!
Mike Judy, Emergency Services
Barron County Sheriff's Department