Advisory for blowing snow issued

Published 5:29 pm Monday, January 31, 2011

On top of the winter storm blowing through the area, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for blowing snow from midnight Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Blowing and drifting snow is predicted to continue into Tuesday, with pockets of near zero visibility possible along Interstate 90. Winds are expected to top 25 mph, causing the possibility for white-outs in open areas.

High winds could also cause dangerously cold wind chills between 25 and 35 below zero Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Roads were already slippery for commuters Monday night, as more than 3 inches of snow across Freeborn County was causing slippery conditions. The Minnesota Department of Transportation listed difficult travel conditions on Interstates 90 and 35, along with U.S. Highways 65 and 69, due to slippery surfaces from snow.

Snowfall originally predicted to top out at 10 inches was upped to a foot or more across the southern tier of Minnesota.