Winter storm watch in effect Friday in St. Cloud area

  • Winter storm watch in effect Friday in St. Cloud area

Winter storm watch in effect Friday in St. Cloud area

Dozens of schools in Minnesota and South Dakota canceled classes Friday in anticipation of the storm.

The average date of the first measurable snowfall in Duluth is October 24, with the earliest on record occurring on September 18, 1991, and the latest on November 26, 2004, according to the Weather Service. Some higher elevations, such as Timberline, had received between five and eight inches of snow.

In response to the storm the weather service has issued winter weather advisories, winter storm watches and winter storm warnings in Montana and Wyoming and winter weather advisories in Utah. A Wind Advisory is valid from noon until midnight for Houston, Winona, Buffalo, Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, Trempealeau and Vernon counties. Snow will mix in earliest in our northwestern counties.

"We are reporting heavy snow and wind", she said by telephone, adding that total accumulation was expected to range from 5 inches (13 cm) to 13 inches (33 cm).

Bottom Line: Expect rain to change to snow late Thursday night across western Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas. "If you plan to travel to western Minnesota, you might want to wait out the storm".

In Pierre, little snow stuck as temperatures stayed near the freezing mark for the most part.

In addition to the snow, winds will be gusting 40 to 50 miles per hour in western Minnesota, where whiteout conditions are forecast. As of 06:00AM EST, the Weather Service says that 20 to 35 cm of snow and blowing snow are expected today. Areas from the Appalachians westward into the Ohio Valley will even see snow showers arriving later Saturday under a cold upper-level trough.

The watch area may see 6 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow by the time the storm moves out late Friday into early Saturday, the Weather Service said. Heavy wind-driven snow continues Friday and extends into northern Minnesota.

Denver received its first flakes of the season on Thursday. Rain and a tenth of an inch of snow is possible Thursday night for Grand Forks, with low temperatures dropping into the high 20s.