Area placed in blizzard warning through 6 p.m. Saturday
The area is still feeling the impact of this weekend’s storm and will continue to do so into the early evening hours.
Portions of southeast Minnesota are currently in a blizzard warning, including Austin. The warning is in affect until 6 p.m. Saturday.
According to the National Weather Service, periods of light snow will continue into the afternoon with little accumulation, but bitter winds will cause whiteout conditions, especially in open and unsheltered areas. Wind gusts could be as high as 40 mph.
On top of that, temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day causing water on the roads to freeze, further complicating travel. The NWS is predicting temperatures in the single digits, crossing over into a low of -6 in the overnight hours. Windchill values could dip as low as -22. During the overnight those values could go as low as -30.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, most roads throughout Minnesota, including southeast Minnesota, are completely covered as of 9 a.m. this morning with no travel advised for parts of central and southwestern Minnesota.
As of 9 a.m., visibility was reported at three-fourths of a mile.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol Twitter feed, from 9 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. this morning, there have been 47 crashes statewide and 64 vehicle spin-outs.
As of this morning, the NWS has reported that Austin has received near four and a half inches of snow.
The winds will continue to gust throughout the day, but skies are expected to clear to partly sunny for Sunday, though temperatures will remain low at near 1 throughout the day.