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Snow Makes Roads Tricky for Drivers

Snow Makes Roads Tricky for Drivers

The snow is really starting to come down in some areas, and it's blanketing the roadways.

That's making it difficult for some local drivers.

We've already seen several accidents in the area.

Local officials say, what compounds that issue, especially for Rochester, is the number of people from out-of-town, who are here for Mayo Clinic, or a convention, or a variety of other reasons, who have never seen snow, let alone driven in it.

It takes everyone a little while to get used to driving in the snow, and all the usual cautions apply, take it slow, leave space between you and the car in front of you, and buckle up.

But, experts say the most common mistake made by drivers in our area, isn't any of those, it's that people get out of their car after they get into an accident.

"There's no notes left behind saying, 'This is me.  This is my phone.  Here I am.'  Now, the officers are getting out and looking around and we've g

Snow Storm Forecast Update

Snow Storm Forecast Update

Light snow and/or flurries are breaking out across much of southwestern Minnesota as of 11:00 A.M. Light snow will continue to develop early this afternoon and increase intensity through this evening. Heavy snow is likely from the evening hours through part of the overnight.

Accumulation: 4-7" of snow with most places receiving 5-6". The snow will be very fluffy and not very hard to shovel. Most of the snow will be on the ground by the time you wake-up Saturday morning. A few flurries will occur during the day Saturday, but additional accumulations are not likely.

Driving Conditions:

I aniticipate difficult driving conditions later this afternoon through early Saturday morning. By clicking on this link, you will access the KAAL Driving Conditions webpage.

Meteorological Winter Begins Today

Meteorological Winter Begins Today

While the winter solstice doesn't officially arrive in Minnesota and Iowa until December 21st at 5:38 P.M. CST, meteorological winter arrived at midnight this morning. Meteorological winter lasts from December 1st through February 28th.

Astronomical winter (the one that our calendars go by) is determined by the position of the earth and the sun. When the sun's direct rays pass over the tropic of Capricorn (At this moment, the sun's rays are as far as they will get from the northern hemisphere), winter begins in the northern hemisphere. This takes place on December 21st in the evening. Once we've hit December 21st, we receive a little bit more daylight each day.

Meteorologists call December 1st through February 28th "meteorological winter" because this is typically when three months of the coldest average temperatures in the northern hemisphere occur during the calendar year. Meteorologists divide the four seasons into four equals parts.

Rain Changes to Snow Tonight - Tuesday

Rain Changes to Snow Tonight - Tuesday

Rain is continuing to develop across southeastern Minnesota this morning and will continue into the afternoon and evening hours. I anticipate anywhere between 0.10" - 0.40" of rain across the ABC 6 viewing area. The rain will be driven sideways by winds out of the SE at 15-30 MPH. The rain and wind will make for a wet and slower evening commute.

I do anticipate the rain to mix with wet snow flakes later this evening and change to light snow overnight tonight. The light snow will be blown around by winds out of the W/NW at speeds of 10-25 mph. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s and that means any untreated surfaces will become slick and icy. The light snow will continue into the morning hours Tuesday before tapering off to a few scattered flurries Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Crash Critically Injures Woman

Crash Critically Injures Woman

 

Rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to free a woman from her SUV after it rolled over near Rochester. It happened Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 90 just west of Highway 52. Authorities say the woman was on a bridge when she lost control, rolled down a 200 foot embankment, and ended up in a field. She was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance. The crash is one of more than 125 in Minnesota Wednesday morning and afternoon. Authorities blame the weather including freezing rain and snow.

 

Coldest Since February... Tricky Travel Ahead

Coldest Since February... Tricky Travel Ahead

The thermometers in southeastern Minnesota and north Iowa registered low temperatures in the upper single digits and lower teens early this morning. Wind-chills were between 0 and ten below zero and your car probably needed a few extra minutes to warm-up. This afternoon's temperatures will be the coldest since February 25th when the high temperature was 23. We'll have plenty of sunshine, so even though the weather will be cold, the sky will look nice and bright.

I am tracking a storm that has delivered a couple of feet of snow across Utah, Idaho, and Montana with 75 mph winds and blizzard conditions. It's a powerhouse weather system right now, but luckily will weaken a bit before it arrives here. I anticipate issues with light freezing rain, drizzle, and some flurries on the back end of the system. Here's how I believe the weather will play out over the next 48 hours.

Freezing Drizzle & Mix Today

Freezing Drizzle & Mix Today

A mixed bag of light freezing rain, sleet, and snow is expected today. The light mix was already moving into places along I-35 as of 8 A.M. this morning and will continue to move eastward this morning. The wintry mix will be over in most places by 3 PM this afternoon.

The problems with ice will occur on untreated road surfaces & sidewalks today. Any surface that has been pre-treated with a solution or salt should just be wet, but always pay extra attention on the bridges and overpasses. I only anticipate less than a tenth of an inch of ice, but that will enough to put a light glaze on sidewalks, driveways, and untreated secondary roads. MnDOT has been out treating the roads overnight, so any of the major highways should just be wet. If possible, put down some salt on your sidewalks for the kids that are walking to and from school.

This is system number two in what is a 1-2-3 punch.