That drive to the office or school in the Twin Cities and all across the state on Friday morning should be A-okay. Rather, it's good practice to examine the overall impacts of the storm, because, in this instance, lower snowfall totals would actually be a bad thing. A wintry mix could develop near the WI-IL border. On Thursday morning, it appears that Dane County and areas to the south will see that mix into early Saturday morning.
Ready or not. Here comes our next round of snow! Roads will be affected and drivers should be on alert during the Friday evening commute. Lows will be in the single digits below zero Sunday and Monday and moderating to above-zero lows by Tuesday.
Thursday will be unseasonably warm with a high temperature near 50 degrees.
Despite the bright sunshine to kick off this Friday morning, it's cold with a bitter wind driving wind chills down to near and below 0. 15 near Lafayette, creating a "snow" fence to deal with the wind to try to keep snow from blowing onto the highway. Snow and snowy/slick roads will likely impact the evening commute.
Afternoon temperatures will be in the mid to upper 20s. These strong northwest winds will draw in colder temperatures.
The widespread snow will likely continue through the overnight.
Most forecasts indicate the snow will begin on Saturday morning before transitioning to a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain into the afternoon hours.
The NWS predicts 5 to 7 inches of snow in the Sioux Falls metro area. This could lead to periods of near blizzard conditions in parts of central and north central Iowa.WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM FRIDAY TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.
"If this were an all-snow event with a 10:1 ratio, it would be around 10-15". Places closer to the WI-IL border will likely see a little less and places north of Madison could see a little more.
The weather service said Troutdale may get some light freezing, and western Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties could see skies clear up and temperatures drop below freezing, but it's unlikely.