Blizzard warning posted for North Shore

NWS Issues Blizzard Warning for Southwest Minnesota

Cuming, Thurston and Colfax Counties are included in the Blizzard Warning issued by the National Weather Service for this weekend.

The blizzard warning for the Salina area remains in effect from 9 a.m.to midnight (15 hours).

According to the weather service, strong winds and blowing snow are predicted to begin tonight and continue through Sunday, with wind gusts as high as 40-50 miles per hour. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. And as the snow moves east onto Colorado's Eastern Plains, it could bring even higher snow totals to locations such as Sterling, Julesburg, Burlington, and Limon where amounts could reach at least 7 inches.

The most likely scenario is that the metro gets anywhere from about 2-5 inches of snow accumulation Saturday night, the low end of that on the northwest side of town and toward the higher end of that toward the southeast side of town.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. That will change as the day progresses with heavier snow developing in the afternoon for the I-70 mountain corridor.

Travel is going to be hard starting late Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Bottom line: if you are traveling just about anywhere in the state Friday night, it will be a challenge. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said snowplows will be on the roads, but the snow may outpace their ability to keep up.

A little snow may return to the mountains late Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation warned that driving will be risky through the weekend, with slippery roads and low visibility, and urged motorists to refer often to its frequently updated online road reports.

 Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.

The weather service says we will have showers until about noon Sunday, but warm considerably.

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