First Winter Storm Watch (greatest risk south/east of MSP)
November 7, 2011 — 4:26pm
Winter Storm Watch. The NWS has issued a watch (which means a potential for 6" or more of snow over a 24 hour period) for southeastern Minnesoeta and much of western and northern Wisconsin. The latest watches and warnings are here.
Potentially "Plowable". Oh boy - not sure I'm ready for this. Note the sharp western cut-off to any significant snow accumulation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. But as much as 6-8" of snow is predicted from Rochester to Menomonie, Wisconsin and Eau Claire. If you're traveling south/east of MSP Tuesday night into Wednesday morning stay up on the latest forecast - make sure you're ready for winter travel conditions.
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