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Blowing snow today; more wintry weather ahead this weekend

The snow from the powerful storm system impacting our area today has moved on to the east, but strong winds continue to cause problems across the entire region. Snowfall totals from early this morning range from four to eight inches in southeastern Minnesota and two to seven inches in north Iowa. Up to six inches accumulated in southwest Wisconsin. Northwest winds will continue to range from 30 to 40 miles per hour through the morning and early afternoon, blowing some of that wet snow over highways and sidewalks, so be prepared for slick travel conditions for much of the day. Temperatures will remain steady around 30 degrees with wind chill levels only in the teens because of those nasty winds.

Skies will slowly clear this evening while winds drop off quickly around sunset. Overnight low temperatures will be in the mid-teens with wind chills in the single digits.

Morning sunshine on Thanksgiving Day will be replaced by afternoon clouds and high temperatures will only be in the upper 20s. At least winds will remain light through the day, so wind chill values will also be in the 20s for most of the day.

A weak disturbance will bring very light snow showers late Thursday evening, but little if any accumulation is expected in the overnight hours and low temperatures will be in the 20s.

A little freezing drizzle will be possible early Friday with rain and snow showers expected beyond that for the rest of the day. Little if any snowfall accumulation is expected Friday, but a little light snowfall will be possible Friday night. High temperatures will be in the low to mid-30s with gusty winds Friday afternoon keeping wind chills in the 20s.

We’ll have periods of light rain Saturday, possibly mixing with light snow early in the morning and high temperatures will be in the upper 30s with gusty southeast winds.

A few light snow showers will be possible Saturday night through Sunday, but right now it’s not looking like we’ll have much on the way of accumulation. High temperatures Sunday will be in the lower 30s with wind chills in the teens and 20s as north winds on the backside of that weekend storm system will be on the gusty side.

Next week is looking mainly dry with chilly sunshine more often than not and high temperatures will be seasonably chilly, mainly in the 20s to lower 30s.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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