Monday, March 21, 2011

3/21/11: NEW***BLIZZARD WARNING/WINTER STORM WARNING INFO.

Issued at 4:03 PM CDT, Monday, March 21st, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, Minnesota:

*BLIZZARD WARNING*

Blizzard warning is in effect from 1 PM CDT Tuesday until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Southern Lake MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Carlton MN...and Douglas WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Silver Bay MN...Two Harbors MN...Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Cromwell MN...Moose Lake MN...Superior WI...South Range WI...Poplar WI...and Solon Springs WI.

Impacts:  Light snow possibly mixed with sleet develops Tuesday Morning.  Heavier snow arrives from south to north between 2-4 PM Tuesday.  Snow, heavy at times Tuesday Night through Wednesday Afternoon.  East to northeast winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph on Tuesday with gusts as high as 50 mph in the Twin Ports, these conditions will continue through Wednesday.  Snowfall rates of 1" an hour will likely develop late Tuesday Afternoon or Tuesday Evening and continue through the Overnight hours.  The combination of falling and blowing snow will result in white out and blizzard conditions.  Travel will become extremely difficult or impossible by Tuesday Night.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 10-13" are expected in the warning area by Wednesday Afternoon with locally higher amounts approaching 18".

*High winds may result in downed trees and power lines resulting in power outages.

A blizzard warning means severe life threatening winter weather conditions are expected.  The combination of strong winds and falling and blowing snow will result in dangerously low visibility and whiteout conditions.  Any travel is strongly discouraged.  If you choose to travel you may be risking your life.  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.  If you become stranded stay with your vehicle and use it as a shelter.  Many deaths occur in blizzards when people leave their vehicles trying to seek help.

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Winter storm warning is in effect from 7 AM CDT Tuesday until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Southern Cass MN...Crow Wing MN...Southern Aitkin MN...Pine MN...Burnett WI...Washburn WI...Sawyer WI...and Price WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Pine River MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Aitkin MN...McGrath MN...Pine City MN...Hinckley MN...Danbury WI...Grantsburg WI...Minong WI...Shell Lake WI...Hayward WI...Exeland WI...Winter WI...Park Falls WI...Phillips WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected to develop Tuesday Morning and continue through the Afternoon hours before the precipitation turns over to snow Tuesday Evening.  Snow will be heavy at times Tuesday Night into Wednesday Morning.  East to northeast winds gusting to 30 mph combined with falling and blowing snow will result in near white out conditions.

*Travel will become extremely difficult or impossible by Tuesday Evening.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 8-12" with locally higher amounts approaching 15" are expected by Wednesday Afternoon.

*Total ice accumulations are expected to be around 0.10".

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Winter storm warning is in effect from 1 PM CDT Tuesday until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Koochiching MN...Northern and Central St. Louis MN...Northern Lake MN...Cook MN...Itasca MN...Northern Cass MN...Northern Aitkin MN...Bayfield WI...Ashland WI...and Iron WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  International Falls MN...Northome MN...Bigfork MN...Grand Rapids MN...Hibbing MN...Ely MN...Orr MN...Forest Center MN...Lutsen MN...Grand Marais MN...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Cable WI...Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Hurley WI...Upson WI...and Gile WI.

Impacts:  Snow will develop Tuesday Afternoon with snow, heavy at times Tuesday Night into Wednesday Morning.  East to northeast winds gusting to 30 mph combined with falling and blowing snow will produce near white out conditions at times by Tuesday Night.

*Travel will become extremely difficult or impossible in some areas by Tuesday Night.

*Total snowfall accumulations will range from 6-12" with locally higher amounts approaching 15" especially along the South Shore of Lake Superior.

Tim