Winter Storm Watch issued for potential ice storm this weekend

Winter Storm Watch issued for potential ice storm this weekend

Winter Storm Watch issued for potential ice storm this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued the warning for Stearns, Benton and Sherburne County from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

This storm has the potential to produce 15 to 20 inches of snow in western Minnesota. What falls at your house highly dependent on how our temperatures set up, not only at the surface, but aloft.

In addition, strong northeast winds will gust to near 60 km/h giving local blowing snow and reduced visibilities. Yes, we have a winter storm warning in Jefferson and Lewis counties all weekend.

Another round of snow and ice pellets will affect the area Sunday into Monday with additional significant accumulations possible.

I-80 near Gibbon exit Saturday
I-80 near Gibbon exit Saturday

The forecasts obviously could change by Saturday, but early projections for eastern Nebraska indicate 6 inches or more of snow could fall north of a Neligh-to-Pierce-to-Coleridge line.

Increasing rain and snow will push back into SW Montana tonight as the next weather maker arrives. Stormtracker 18 Meteorologists say it'll be very windy all weekend with rain likely Friday, followed by a changeover to a wintry mix or snow sometime between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, depending on where you live, the exact track of the storm, and how the storm develops. A few inches accumulation are possible. As colder air moves in, expect the freezing line to dip further to the south. There is also the risk of freezing rain overnight.

Consumers Energy issued a statement late Thursday saying power outages are possible.

A strong storm system is forecast to affect the area from Friday night late to Sunday. Keep an eye on your auto thermometer and be very careful if that is below 32 degrees tonight into Monday AM, especially if you are getting significant snow, sleet or heavier rain. Accumulations should be light in southern Lower.

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