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Major Snow Storm Still Heading Our Way; (2-5 Inches) For Much Of The Area.

(ABC 6 News) - No major changes have been made to the forecast from last night, but there’s a lot to talk about with this major storm heading our way.

We will see the on/off showers today, with a few heavier rain bands coming in later this afternoon, giving way to a few rumbles of thunder. Temperatures keep us pretty warm, so looks like mostly rain, until this evening.

However, once the sun goes down, temperatures will cool off, allowing for that rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow mix. This will last for a few hours, until 2 or 3 a.m. when we see the change to all-snow from west to east across the DMA.

Snow will pick up in intensity throughout the morning on Friday, with 1”/hour snowfall rates possible in the heaviest bands. Morning commute will be a little tricky, due to a little freezing rain before the snow, the wet/heavy snow itself, AND the winds that will be picking up out of the north, blowing the snow around = reducing visibility.

Southeastern MN/Northern IA Could See Another 7 Inches of Snow Friday.

(ABC 6 News) - ABC 6 News Stormtracker, Meteorologist Jim Peterson, says we could be in for some serious snow on Friday. It's still a early... but here's how things are shaping up for the moment. 

TONIGHT: Look for rain to arrive around 4 PM in IA, 7 PM ish in MN. Temperature profiles still too warm, so keeping as rain during this time. We get a gradual change to rain/snow overnight, w/ a little freezing rain coming into the picture closer to sunrise, as temperature profiles aloft warm up, while surface looks to stay just below the freezing point. This will linger into the morning commute, so expect a slick commute heading to work. Evening should again stay all-rain, maybe a little of a mix after the 10 pm show.

UPDATE: Evacuation Lifted Following Warehouse Fire

(ABC 6 News) - We continue to follow developing news out of Northwood, Iowa. Tonight we've learned the city wide evacuation order has been lifted.

ABC 6 News anchor Laura Lee joins us from our newsroom with the latest information. Laura at one point officials were concerned about the blowing winds and sulfuric acid being released into the air.

Yes, but at this hour hazmat crews have tested and ruled the air quality is safe.

Take a look at this video. As you can see massive flames in the distance. We're told the fire was at a fertilizer warehouse-, Northowood AG Products, located at the Northwood Municipal Airport. It started shortly after 7:30 this morning.

Earlier today the small town of about 2,000 people were forced to leave. Many bussed to the Kensett Community Center, where an emergency shelter was set up.

Increased Flooding in Iowa This Year?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With snow still on the ground and spring just a month away concerns that snow melt and spring rain could happen all at once causing flooding are increasing.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says Iowa ground remains solidly frozen with frost reaching 33 inches, twice the depth one would expect this time of year. That means any rainfall runs off the ground. He says the later freezing temperatures stay the more likely snowmelt will come as spring rain sets in, which could increase flood chances.
National Weather Service Hydrologist Jeff Zogg says it doesn't appear all the factors line up for a significant flood event in Iowa, but timing of the spring thaw and rainfall is everything.
The weather service releases its spring flood outlook on Thursday.

Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks Of Winter

(AP) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.


Monday Morning Weather Forecast

The latest weather forecast With Meteorologist Jim Peterson.

Minnesota & Iowa In Deep Freeze


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A cold snap that that National Weather Service is calling "historic and dangerous" has arrived in Minnesota.
Temperatures were down to 8 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities area around midmorning Sunday, with wind chills in the mid to high 20 degrees below zero.
It's even colder in far northern Minnesota, where the weather service reported temperatures in the mid-20s below zero and wind chills in the high 30s to mid-40s below zero in several cities, and a wind chill of minus 50 at Flag Island near the northernmost tip of the state.
Forecasters say extremely cold temperatures are on tap for Sunday night with temperatures dipping to between 25 below and 40 below, and wind chills plummeting to between 55 below and 65 below overnight.