Updated: Put the Shorts Away, Stillwater. A Winter Storm is Brewing

 

Updated: 12:00 a.m. 2.24.17

Today’s winter storm has been seriously downgraded by the National Weather Service.

The NWS cancelled the Winter Storm Watch for Washington County. A Winter Storm Advisory is in place until 6 p.m. Friday.

The NWS forecasts about 2-6 inches of snow to fall on Friday.

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Our recent string of spring-like temperatures will give way to a what the National Weather Service is calling the “strongest storm of the winter” arriving Thursday night — bringing heavy snow, strong winds and blowing snow into the area through Friday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Washington County from Thursday evening through Friday night.

Rain will turn to snow Thursday night, dropping 3-6 inches of snow by Friday morning, according to the NWS. Strong winds and another band of snow is expected to move through the Twin Cities on Friday.

Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be “significantly impacted.”

According to the NWS:

TIMING: Rain will turn to snow Thursday evening and continue through Friday evening.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 to 12 inches are possible, mainly from east central Minnesota through west central Wisconsin. Totals will drop off quickly west of a line from Hutchinson to Rush

City.

WINDS: Northeast to northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph resulting in considerable blowing snow and possible blizzard conditions.