Winter Storm to Bring Measurable Snow to Rochester, SE Minnesota
The warning, which has been upgraded from a Winter Storm Watch, takes effect at 10 p.m. Friday and is set to expire at 10 am Saturday. Forecasters say the complex system will arrive in the form of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon before transitioning to snow by Friday night.
Officials say the major storm brings a risk of severe weather for the area. Rochester and Austin have a level one risk, communities along the Minnesota-Iowa border are in a level two risk, northern Iowa communities have a level three risk and communities further south are in a level four severe weather risk.
Forecasters say the timing of the precipitation’s switch from rain to snow is uncertain. The warning calls for 2-7 inches of snow for the Rochester area, with snowfall rates as heavy as 1-2 inches per hour possible.
Strong winds are also expected to bring 35-45 mph wind gusts capable of causing blowing and drifting snow that could make travel difficult. For real time road conditions and other weather-related announcements check the KROC News App.