With snow on the way, winter storm warning issued for Minnesota, western Wisconsin counties

Updated: January 16, 2020 10:27 PM


A major winter storm will make its way into the state Friday morning and continue to impact the area throughout the day and into Saturday.


KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl said 6-10 inches of snow is expected for the Twin Cities metro area, with higher totals likely farther north and some lighter amounts to the south.

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A winter storm warning will be in effect from noon Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday for many Minnesota and western Wisconsin counties.

Friday will be a little warmer than the past couple days, with high temperatures reaching the mid-20s, but the snow will obviously be the big focus of the day and will likely make travel conditions difficult in areas. Several schools have already closed or announced shortened days Friday.

Looking ahead to Saturday, that winds are expected to pick up, which could reduce visibility with the blowing snow.

With heavy snowfall expected Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a number of Minnesota and western Wisconsin counties, including the metro area. 

The counties impacted in Minnesota include Anoka, Benton, Carver,  Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties. 

The counties impacted in western Wisconsin include Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties. 

The warning is in effect from noon Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Southwest Minnesota has also been placed under a winter weather advisory. 

Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said slightly warmer weather will arrive Friday, with snow expected to start falling after 10 a.m. By the afternoon Friday, Barlow said the metro will see at least 4 inches of snow, with several more inches expected overnight into Saturday. Once the storm has wrapped, Barlow said it's likely 6-10 inches of snow, with 12 inches in a few parts of the state, will have accumulated.

The Twin Cities could see 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation over 24 hours starting Friday afternoon.

KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said we can expect a winter storm to start rolling through the state around noon Friday and linger late into Saturday morning.

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The timing of the snow could heavily affect school bus routes and the evening commute.

Areas to the north and west of the metro, including St. Cloud and Willmar, will have wetter air and could see snow totals topping 12 inches, Yuhas said.

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