Winter may make its formal entrance just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday week, according to a Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service – Twin Cities in Chanhassen.
The Wright County area could see up to 6 inches of snowfall between noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 if the storm track holds. That will make for some tough sledding for holiday travelers, especially for those who are headed south or southwest.
“The track really seems to come up from Nebraska and South Dakota, through the southwestern portion of Minnesota and into the Twin Cities. The metro should see quite a bit of snow,” an NWS spokesperson said. “In some places, it could be record-setting snowfall.”
Here’s the Winter Storm Warning, updated on Monday afternoon:
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for portions of southwest, south central, and east central Minnesota, and all of west central Wisconsin starting late Tuesday afternoon, and continuing through Wednesday morning. The warning includes areas along the Buffalo Ridge in west central Minnesota, and areas southeast of a line from Redwood Falls, to Hutchinson, Clearwater, Princeton and Rush City in Minnesota. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are likely in the warned area, with locally higher amounts possible. In addition, gusty northeast winds Tuesday night will shift to the northwest Wednesday, resulting in areas of blowing snow. Travel could be significantly impacted through at least Wednesday morning. Due to some uncertainties in the snowfall amounts, a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning north of the Minnesota River from Granite Falls to St. Cloud and Milaca. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are still possible in the watch area. Snow will develop across southern Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and spread northeastward across southern, and east central Minnesota, and into west central Wisconsin Tuesday night. The snow will be heavy at times. Snow will end from west to east Wednesday morning, but blowing snow could continue into the afternoon. MNZ051>053-059>063-WIZ014>016-023>028-260430- /O.UPG.KMPX.WS.A.0012.191127T0300Z-191127T1800Z/ /O.NEW.KMPX.WS.W.0011.191127T0300Z-191127T1800Z/ Sherburne-Isanti-Chisago-Wright-Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Washington- Polk-Barron-Rusk-St. Croix-Pierce-Dunn-Pepin-Chippewa-Eau Claire- Including the cities of Elk River, Cambridge, Center City, Monticello, Minneapolis, Blaine, St Paul, Stillwater, Osceola, Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire 221 PM CST Mon Nov 25 2019 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, with locally higher amounts. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and central and east central Minnesota. * WHEN...From 9 PM Tuesday to noon CST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.