Snow coming to area today
WORTHINGTON -- While southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa will be free of below-zero temperatures today, another element of winter -- the snowstorm -- is in the forecast.
Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D., said Wednesday afternoon that snow is likely to begin falling tonight and continue into Friday.
"We're under a winter weather advisory, and it looks like snow is going to move in after 6 p.m. (tonight)," Chenard said. "Most of the accumulation will be overnight, and then in the morning there will be some lingering light snow. It should pretty much be over with by (Friday) afternoon."
Between 4 and 6 inches of snow are expected to fall, Chenard said.
The winter weather advisory is in effect throughout the Daily Globe coverage area, including the southwest Minnesota counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Rock and Pipestone and the northwest Iowa counties of Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola and O'Brien.
Highs today through Saturday are expected to be in the 20s, Chenard said. Winds tonight and into Friday will be in the 15-to-25-mph range, he added, so there could be some blowing and drifting.
Temperatures in the Worthington region may hit 30 degrees on Sunday, but weather watchers already have their eyes on another storm system that could deliver additional snow throughout the area.
"There is another chance of something going into later Sunday and Monday, but that's still pretty uncertain," Chenard said. "There's going to be something in the Plains, but we don't know how far north the system will go."