Update: Rice County Dropped From Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather service now says the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect across most of west central and south central Minnesota, with a Winter Weather
Advisory in effect from Alexandria to Waconia and Faribault. This update was to shift snow totals south about a county. Confidence remains high that a swath of heavy snow will fall across portions of western and southern Minnesota late tonight with a very tight
gradient on the northern fringe.
Cities still included in the warning are: Litchfield, Hutchinson, Gaylord,
St Peter, Le Sueur, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Blue Earth,
and Albert Lea.
The primary band of heavy precipitation will develop this evening across the western portion of the state. The precipitation will initially begin as a mix of rain and snow, but will quickly transition to all snow by late this evening.
Snowfall amounts will range from 5 to 8 inches across western and southern Minnesota. As mentioned before, there will be a sharp gradient in amounts on the northern fringe. Any additional shift would lead to significant forecast changes near this gradient.
The pink area below is the New winter storm warning area with blue the advisory area.