Parts of Minnesota are bracing for an unusually strong late-winter storm known as a bomb cyclone today.
That’s when pressure falls 24 millibars or more in 24 hours. Lower pressure over a short time span leads to more intense storms.
Significant blizzard conditions are expected, with total snow accumulations that may range from 6 to 12 inches. Ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.
A Blizzard warning is in effect for portions of northwest and west central Minnesota as well as northeast North Dakota. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, with wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour expected. Drifting and blowing are expected on roads through Thursday.
Experts say that travel could be dangerous to impossible in the coming days. Strong winds could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines.
We are also in a dense fog advisory until 10AM. Reduced visibility of one quarter mile or less, will make the morning commute difficult.
The blizzard warning continues through Thursday evening around six PM.
The latest road conditions can be found by calling 511.