Blizzard Watch

Published 02/05 2016 03:24PM

Updated 02/05 2016 03:54PM

Issued at: 02/07/2016 12:00:00 PM CST
Expires on: 02/08/2016 6:00:00 AM CST
Counties affected: Buena Vista IAZ002-003-013-014-022-MNZ071-072-080-081-089-090-097-SDZ040- 061200- /O.NEW.KFSD.BZ.A.0002.160207T1800Z-160208T1200Z/ OSCEOLA-DICKINSON-O'BRIEN-CLAY IA-BUENA VISTA-LINCOLN MN-LYON MN- MURRAY-COTTONWOOD-NOBLES-JACKSON-PIPESTONE-BROOKINGS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SIBLEY...SPIRIT LAKE...MILFORD... ARNOLDS PARK...SHELDON...HARTLEY...SANBORN...SPENCER... STORM LAKE...TYLER...HENDRICKS...LAKE BENTON...IVANHOE... MARSHALL...SLAYTON...FULDA...WINDOM...MOUNTAIN LAKE... WORTHINGTON...JACKSON...LAKEFIELD...PIPESTONE...BROOKINGS 321 PM CST FRI FEB 5 2016 ...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. * TIMING...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT DUE TO A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND FALLING SNOW. * WINDS / VISIBILITIES...WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50 MPH COULD CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN BLOWING SNOW. SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING OF THE SNOW THAT FELL EARLIER IN THE WEEK IS LIKELY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 1 INCH ARE POSSIBLE...BUT HIGHER AMOUNTS MAY BE POSSIBLE IN STRONGER SNOW SHOWERS. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL COULD BECOME VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITY AND BLOWING SNOW OVER ROADWAYS. RURAL AND OPEN AREAS WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST IMPACT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS. $$