To Wright County's west, a Blizzard Warning is in effect, as wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected in Stearns County (St. Cloud) and sustained winds of more than 30 mph are expected everywhere, making travel extremely difficult on two-lane roads.
The wind will cause drifting on roadways all over the western part of the state, and even in the St. Michael-Albertville area.
Here's the complete advisory:
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY.
* TIMING: CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE THURSDAY MORNING AND LAST THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.
* MAIN IMPACT: BLOWING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT.
* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND CHILL VALUES NEAR 25 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING... ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
... BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DEVELOPING ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA THURSDAY...
.A BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THURSDAY IN WEST CENTRAL AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA WHERE CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT WINDS OF 35 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. THE BLIZZARD WARNING IS GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FROM ALEXANDRIA... TO PAYNESVILLE... LITCHFIELD... HUTCHINSON AND MANKATO.
A BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NEAR THE IOWA BORDER... DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES OF BLOWING SNOW AS THIS AREA HAS A LACK OF FRESH SNOW. THE CHANCE OF WHITE OUT CONDITIONS IS LOW IN THIS AREA... BUT BLOWING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES WILL REMAIN A POSSIBILITY.
MEANWHILE A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN MINNESOTA DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES FROM BLOWING SNOW.
A POWERFUL ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 40 MPH... WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH WILL BLOW AROUND THE SNOW THAT FELL ON TUESDAY. ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS ALSO EXPECTED... WHICH WILL LIKELY RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DURING THE DAY AND EVENING... ESPECIALLY IN WESTERN MINNESOTA. LASTLY... TEMPERATURES WILL RAPIDLY FALL BELOW ZERO... WITH WIND CHILL READINGS APPROACHING 30 BELOW ZERO BY THURSDAY EVENING.