ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Thunder and lightning are being reported in several locations as heavy snow continues to fall. Snow rates are approaching 1" an hour or more. Water on the roads from heavy rains is freezing under a layer of snow making travel extremely difficult. Wind is also gusting to around 30mph causing the snow to blow and drift reducing visibilities significantly.
The heaviest snow will fall from now through daybreak before tapering off in the late morning.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for the entire area.
Significant snow appears likely for portions of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa as another winter storm develops this afternoon. Snow will spread into the region later this afternoon becoming heavy in spots late this evening and especially overnight. The Monday morning commute is expected to be greatly impacted by this latest round of winter weather.
The focus of this storm will be a heavy band of snow that is expected to develop later Sunday night. 4-8" of snow look likely from Albert Lea heading east through Austin. Rochester and points in between the Mississippi River have the potential to pick up amounts greater than 8" of snow. Locally higher amounts will be possible depending on where exactly that heavier band of snow sets up. One inch per hour snow rates could develop late Sunday evening/overnight which will make travel hazardous.
Wind will also be an issue with this storm. We could see wind on the order of 15-25 mph through the snow event continuing through the afternoon on Monday. This will greatly reduce visibilities and cause the snow to blow and drift.
The snow will taper off late Monday morning.
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