Minnesota’s winter storm expected to have ‘impressive’ amount of snowfall with temperatures plummeting – KSTP

KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan says the Twin Cities will see an “impressive” amount of snowfall totals between nine to 14 inches possible throughout the state, with the heaviest from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The average amount of snowfall in Minnesota is expected to be around five to eight inches as some isolated areas are possible to see 10 to 14 inches of snow. 

Blizzard warnings have been issued for Carver, Le Sueur, McLeod, Nicollet, Sherburne, Sibley and Wright Counties. A blizzard warning indicates that blizzard conditions are expected.

Winter storm warnings have been issued for Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey and Scott Counties.

As for southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a winter advisory has been issued for those counties.

See the latest forecast at KSTP.com

According to the National Weather Service, high winds are expected to develop with wind gusts up to 60 degrees Wednesday afternoon. Whiteout conditions from the snow being blown around are expected and will impact travel. Also, the temperatures will drop into the single digits and teens by 5 p.m. with wind chills dropping below zero.

Due to the temperatures dropping immediately once the snow comes in, the roads are expected to become slick and icy. 

KSTP Meteorologist Wren Clair warns Minnesotans that the slick roadways and blowing snow will be possible in many areas, making for dangerous driving conditions on Wednesday. The extreme cold will also mean road salt won’t work optimally, so drivers should be cautious.

Thursday will continue to be cold and windy with the temperature expected to be 8 degrees as the high a -6 as the low. As for Christmas Day and the weekend, temperatures will jump back up to the 20s.

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