Saturday: Winter Storm Warning!

NOAA GFS projected snowfall totals at a 10:1 ratio via tropical tidbits

NOAA GFS projected snowfall totals at a 10:1 ratio via tropical tidbits

Power outages, hazardous travel conditions, and all forms of precipitation including rain, freezing rain, ice pellets, freezing drizzle, and snow are hitting southern Ontario today as the slow-moving system Winter Storm Xanto passes through the area.

The weather maps continue to look scary-snowy for much of southern Minnesota Friday night and Saturday. In addition, strong northeasterly winds will produce areas of blowing snow, leading to reduced visibilities. Travel will be hard and in some cases not possible. The winter storm warning for Ottawa South, Metcalfe and Richmond was issued at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Strong northeast gales on the lake will build large waves that could splash over break-walls and beaches and potentially cause damage to infrastructure such as roads, walkways and parking lots. A few inches accumulation are possible. As the low approaches, brisk northeasterly winds will pump in cold Arctic air, forcing temperatures below freezing early this morning.

The National Weather Service office in Green Bay says winter's not done with us yet.

More rain and thundershowers are forecast for Sunday with temperatures in the 40s to low 50s and breezy. Southwestern Minnesota will be under a Blizzard Warning, with whiteout conditions possible.

St. Lawrence County: snow during the day Saturday, snow Saturday night.

It will be breezy and chilly on Monday as the snow tapers off in the morning. "Snow accumulations of 3" - 6" is possible but could be heavier over nearby mountains and inside Yellowstone National Park. Winds may gust over 40 miles per hour at times through into Sunday morning, especially across northeast Wisconsin.

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