Snow moving in this morning. Once the heavy snow starts, roads will quickly go from slippery to treacherous – in as little 1 to 2 hours. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ still expected, with totals of 8 to 12 inches in the main snow band. Several inches less for parts of northeast IA and southwest WI where warmer air will make a wintry mix more likely for the afternoon-early evening hours. Don’t travel later today if don’t absolutely have to. Road closures in some rural parts of IA likely tonight. Stay safe…even the groundhogs are.
Dangerous winter storm will rip across the region today, dropping 6 to 10 inches of snow for many. Strong winds will blow and drift the snow in open and unsheltered areas. Travel will go from slippery to hazardous to potentially impossible very quickly. Some road closures could occur later tonight. If traveling, exercise extreme caution and allow ample time to reach your destination. Delay or cancel some travel if necessary.
A winter storm will impact the region Monday and Monday night, bringing heavy snow and a wintry mix. An axis of 6 to 10 inches could fall from Iowa, across southern Minnesota and into northern Wisconsin. On the southeast side of the storm, a wintry mix with sleet, freezing rain and snow is more likely. Winter Storm Warnings will be in effect for Monday and Monday night. Prepare now for hazardous to dangerous travel conditions. High snowfall rates will quickly deteriorate road conditions. The evening commute will be impacted. Wind gusts upwards of 30 to 40 mph will add an additional hazard.
Due to anticipated snow accumulations from this winter storm, officials from the City of Richland Center have announced that a snow removal emergency is in effect in the city until further notice. This snow removal emergency prohibits vehicles of any kind to be parked on any street or highway in the City of Richland Center between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. The snow removal emergency begins at 10:00 PM Monday evening, February 17th.
All vehicles must be removed from city streets and highways from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am each night that the snow removal emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on any city street during these hours will be ticketed. The fine for a snow removal emergency violation is $15.00. In addition, vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Overnight, off-street parking will be available in all city-owned municipal parking lots in the downtown as well as the community center parking lot, city hall parking lot and the parking lot in Krouskop Park. Vehicles need to be removed from these lots during the daytime to allow for normal use.
A potent weather system will spread snow into and across the area late tonight, lasting through early Monday afternoon.
Snowfall totals are expected to range from 4 to 7 inches, with the heaviest amounts along and east of the Mississippi River. The Heaviest of the snow will fall during the early and mid morning hours of Monday. Snowfall rates of one inch or more per hour are likely for 2 to 4 hours as the band of heaviest snow moves east across the area, mainly between 5 am and 11 am. These heavy snowfall rates will result in near Whiteouts.
The combination of rapidly falling snow and poor visibilities will have a big impact on the Monday morning commute. Schools delays and closures are also possible.
Plan Ahead for this winter storm and the hazardous travel conditions that will result.
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 am to 3 pm CST Monday.
The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 3 am to 3 pm CST Monday. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.
- Look for snow to move in late tonight and be heavy at times, especially between 7 am and 10 am Monday morning.
- 4 to 6 inches of snow are expected. Snowfall rates of one inch or more per hour look likely for a 2 to 4 hour period Monday morning.
- Southeast winds of 10 to 20 mph will create some blowing and drifting of the snow, especially in open country areas and on the ridge tops.
- Peak travel times Monday morning will be impacted by the snow and poor visibilities. Road Conditions will deteriorate quickly with onset of the snow. Visibilities will be poor in the falling snow, near Whiteout at times, making travel even more dangerous.