Sunday, February 20, 2011

2/20/11: UPDATED WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 5:31 PM CST, Sunday, February 20th, 2011

All headlines issued by the National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 12 PM CST Monday for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Pine.  In Wisconsin:  Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the warning:  Hinckley MN...Pine City MN...Danbury WI...Grantsburg WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Shell Lake WI...Hayward WI...Loretta WI...Park Falls WI...Phillips WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  Snow and gusty northeast winds will continue in the warning area Tonight and Monday Morning, the snow will taper off Monday Afternoon.  The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur in the southern parts of each county.  Total snowfall accumulations will vary between 1-3" to as much as 4-8" with the higher totals found in the southern portions of each county.  The combination of falling and blowing snow will drop visibilities to as low as one quarter mile at times.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery with hazardous driving conditions.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow means the combination of strong winds and falling and blowing snow will cause dangerously low visibility and drifting snow.  Snow and ice covered roads and dangerous travel conditions can be expected.  Delay travel if possible.  If you must travel use extreme caution and allow extra time to reach your destination.  Be aware that you may become stranded and that it could take many hours for help to arrive.  Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle including a flashlight, food, and water.  Let someone know your travel route and expected arrival time and have a working cell phone in case you become stranded.

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect until 12 PM CST Monday for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Southern Cass...Crow Wing...Southern Aitkin...Carlton...Southern St. Louis...and Southern Lake.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas...Bayfield...Ashland...and Iron.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  Pine River MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Aitkin MN...McGrath MN...Moose Lake MN...Wright MN...Cloquet MN...Duluth MN...Two Harbors MN...Silver Bay MN...Superior WI...Solon Springs WI...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Iron River WI...Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Upson WI...Montreal WI...Hurley WI...and Gile WI.

Impacts:  Light snow will continue at times through Monday in the advisory area.  In addition to the snow, northeast winds will remain gusty especially near Lake Superior where wind gusts from 35 to 55 mph will continue Tonight.  The combination of falling snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile at times.  Total snowfall accumulations will generally range from 1-3" in the advisory area, but a few spots could pick up as much as 4-5".  Roads will become snow covered and slippery with hazardous driving conditions.

A winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow means that visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow.  Use caution when traveling especially in open areas that are more exposed to the wind.  Roads may be slick and hazardous.  Allow extra time to reach your destination.

*WIND CHILL ADVISORY*

Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 12 AM CST Tonight until 10 AM CST Monday for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Koochiching...Northern St. Louis...Northern Lake...and Northern Cook.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls MN...Northome MN...Crane Lake MN...Ely MN...

Impacts:  Wind chill values of 20 below to 30 below zero late Tonight through Monday Morning.  Frost bite on exposed flesh will be around 20 minutes.

A wind chill advisory means a combination of bitterly cold arctic air and brisk winds will create dangerously cold wind chill values.  If you must venture outdoors make sure to cover all exposed flesh as any exposed flesh can freeze in 15 to 25 minutes with wind chill values from 25 below to 40 below.  This may result in frost bite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Tim