The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis. says a "life-threatening" blizzard begins Wednesday night in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa.
The blizzard will develop across eastern Iowa into central Wisconsin, lasting through Thursday evening. Snowfall is expected to begin Wednesday night, becoming heavier overnight through late Thursday morning.
The biggest snow totals are expected in northeast Iowa into southwest and central Wisconsin.
TWIN CITIES SNOW FORECAST
The Twin Cities metro is on the northern fringe of this dangerous winter storm, with the southern and southeastern suburbs in the 1 to 3 inch category.
Red Wing southeast to Rochester is in the 4 to 8 inch range. Rochester into Madison, Wis. and Cedar Rapids, Iowa is in the 10 to 16 inch range.
The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow from 9 p.m. Wednesday evening to 6 p.m. Thursday. Blue Earth, Dakota; Le Sueur; Scott; Washington and Watonwan counties are all included in the advisory.
DANGEROUS ROADS IN WISCONSIN
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises anyone with travel plans Thursday to consider cancelling or delaying their trip. There is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend.
You can check road conditions in Wisconsin by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov.
If you must drive during the storm, please be prepared:
- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions (the 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced).
- Drive alert and sober.
- Always wear seatbelts.
- Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.
- Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.
Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm