* This has the potential to be the biggest snowstorm for much of Minnesota since Halloween, 1991.
* 3-5" possible by breakfast on Saturday, another 10" or so expected during the day.
* Ice Potential: southern MN may see glaze ice and sleet for a time tonight and early Saturday, potential for significant ice build-up.
* Potential for 1-2 feet of snow Saturday, with 2-5 foot drifts during the PM hours. Official prediction is 12-16". I can't remember the last time I predicted that much snow for the metro. We'll see if it actually arrives....I kind of hope I'm wrong this time around.
* Close to blizzard criteria - best chance of white-out conditions south/west of the metro area. Blizzard warnings now issued for far southwest and west central MN.
* Winter Storm Warning for much of Minnesota/Wisconsin. .
* Get your errands/shopping done today, snow arrives late evening, between 8 and 10 pm, possibly starting as a period of sleet or freezing rain, snow gets heavier and steadier as the night goes on - should be snowing heavily when we wake up Saturday morning.
* Conditions get worse as the day goes on tomorrow as winds increase and snow accumulates (even on the freeways and interstates). Temperatures will fall through the teens into the single digits - making it a light, powdery snow - prone to blowing and drifting.
* I know this is a mouthful, but travel simply isn't recommended Saturday and Saturday night. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, I get it. But the combination of snow/wind/falling temperatures will create truly treacherous conditions. If you run out of gas or go into a ditch tomorrow it could be more than just a minor inconvenience. With wind chill values dipping to -25 or lower it could quickly become life-threatening. Try to get your travel done by this evening, or plan on waiting until Sunday (afternoon) to get back on the highways.
* Wind chills by Saturday night dip down to -20 to -35, extreme danger zone.
* Highs hold below zero on Sunday, but travel conditions should gradually improve - personally, I wouldn't plan on hitting the highways again until Sunday afternoon at the earliest. Temperatures rebound into the 20s by the middle of next week - it won't stay frigid for long.