— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 24, 2017
Friday morning started off on a very difficult note from Wyoming to Wisconsin. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising people to stay off the roads if at all possible. Not only are snow totals there expected to top out over a foot, winds gusting to 40 mph will reduce visibility to less than a quarter of a mile at times. Thundersnow remained widespread across the Upper Midwest overnight, not only supplying an awesome light show, but increasing snowfall to rates to over an inch an hour.
— NWS Des Moines (@NWSDesMoines) February 24, 2017
The National Weather Service from LaCrosse, WI detailed these dangerous conditions in the Blizzard Warning:
“As of 4 AM, heavy snow has occurred across parts of north-central Iowa through southeast Minnesota and west central Wisconsin with snowfall totals so far as high as 6 to 9 inches across parts of southeast Minnesota. Farther to the south, precipitation has remained in the form of rain or a wintry mix into southwest Wisconsin and parts of far northeast Iowa, with isolated thunderstorms as well. A temporary break in the heaviest precipitation was occurring across northeast Iowa into southeast Minnesota. Dangerous travel will continue through today as periods of snow coupled with strong northerly winds causing blowing and drifting of the snow. Additional snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected through tonight from north central Iowa through southeast Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin with 1 to 4 inches farther to the south. Storm total snowfall within the heaviest snow band may exceed a foot. Strong north winds with gusts of 35 to 45 mph will cause significant blowing and drifting of the snow today and tonight which will cause some whiteouts. This will be especially true in open and unsheltered areas. Expect any slush or standing water to freeze tonight into Saturday morning. Prepare now for this dangerous winter storm, especially if you have travel plans.”
This system started out west earlier in the week. Parts of Nebraska saw over a foot of snow. Parts of Wyoming saw nearly two feet. They were also victim to 45 mph wind gusts.
Report from Sheriff's dept. Hwy 281 into O'Neill is impassable. Other roads around the area are also snow covered. 18" snow drifts. #NEwx
— NWS North Platte (@NWSNorthPlatte) February 24, 2017