Winter storm warning issued

Published 12:01 pm Saturday, February 19, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Freeborn County, effective Saturday night through Monday morning.

Snow, freezing rain and sleet were expected to sweep through the area after 9 p.m. Saturday. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches was possible in Albert Lea Saturday with another 3 to 7 inches possible on Sunday. New ice accumulation of less than 1/10th of an inch was expected both days.

As much as 5 to 12 inches of snow was possible across portions of southern and central Minnesota into western Wisconsin. The area from Granite Falls to Hutchinson, Mankato to Faribault and the southern section of the Twin Cities could pick up near a foot of snow.

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Northeast winds from 14 to 17 mph Sunday afternoon and evening, with gusts as high as 25 mph, could cause difficult driving conditions with blowing and drifting snow. High winds are expected to continue into late Sunday night.

The temperature Sunday is expected to reach 31 degrees.Blue Earth, Waseca, Faribault and Steele counties are also included in the watch.The National Weather Service advises travelers to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of emergency.