Winter Storm Warning in Minnesota

This alert expired on December 17, 2016 at 6:00:00 PM CST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Anoka; Blue Earth; Brown; Carver; Dakota; Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Hennepin; Le Sueur; Martin; McLeod; Nicollet; Ramsey; Rice; Scott; Sherburne; Sibley; Steele; Waseca; Washington; Watonwan; Wright

Posted December 17, 2016 at 3:08:00 AM CST

Light snow and blowing snow lingering.

Bitterly cold wind chills tonight into Sunday.

Light Snow, with some blowing and drifting snow along with frigid temperatures will follow the snow later this afternoon into Sunday. Wind chills will plunge to 35 to 45 below zero across much of the area Saturday evening, and remain in that range into Sunday morning.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM CST this evening.

Wind Chill Warning remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon CST Sunday.

  • Expect light snow to continue, diminishing around noon.
  • Winds gusting as high as 25 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow. In addition, some reductions to visibility are expected.
  • Plan on difficult driving conditions.
  • Expect wind chills to range from 20 below zero to 45 below zero between 6 PM this evening and noon Sunday, with the coldest wind chills occurring around 6 AM Sunday.
  • The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frost Bite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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