UPDATE: Winter Storm & Blizzard Warnings Issued
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings for portions of Central Minnesota including Benton & Stearns Counties, in effect from 6:00 tomorrow morning through 9:00 tomorrow night. Falling temps, strong winds, and 6-12" of snow will like make travel very difficult during both commutes tomorrow.
From the National Weather Service this morning: Winter will abruptly arrive Friday as heavy snow spreads into western and northern Minnesota. Total accumulations of 6 to 12+" are expected in the axis of heavy snow with amounts quickly tapering off to the west and east. Strong wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph will result in considerable blowing snow and whiteout/blizzard conditions, especially in west central and southwest Minnesota. Travel is expected to become very difficult or impossible by late Friday morning.