A blizzard warning is in effect from 9 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

The NWS has issued the following statement:



DANGEROUS WINTER STORM FOR THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT...



.A WINTER STORM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS TO THE AREA

THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT MAKING FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL

ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE LIKELY FOR MUCH OF THE AREA.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS MAY BE LESS ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN WHERE A WINTRY MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET

IS EXPECTED AS WARM AIR IS DRAWN INTO THE STORM.



THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THIS STORM WILL BE THE STRONG WINDS OF

30 TO 45 MPH LATER THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT...CAUSING

BLIZZARD AND WHITE OUT CONDITIONS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WINDS

OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL CREATE BLOWING SNOW...WITH MAJOR DRIFTING

IN OPEN AREAS. ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME IMPASSABLE...AND

VISIBILITIES NEAR ZERO...BY THURSDAY NIGHT FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST

MINNESOTA AND NORTHEAST IOWA.



A LIGHT MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED FOR THE THURSDAY MORNING

COMMUTE...WITH TRAVEL CONDITIONS DETERIORATING RAPIDLY THURSDAY

AFTERNOON.



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MITCHELL-HOWARD-WINNESHIEK-FLOYD-CHICKASAW-FAYETTE-DODGE-OLMSTED-

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DECORAH...CHARLES CITY...OELWEIN...

ROCHESTER...AUSTIN

447 AM CST WED FEB 19 2014



...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM CST

THURSDAY...

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST

FRIDAY...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD

WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST

FRIDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS IN

EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO

LONGER IN EFFECT.



* A WINTRY MIX EARLY THURSDAY WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BY LATE

MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AND LAST THROUGH THE EARLY

EVENING.



* THE HEAVIEST SNOW WOULD FALL DURING THE AFTERNOON WITH 1 TO 2 INCH

PER HOUR RATES.



* 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED.



* BLIZZARD AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED BY LATE AFTERNOON

AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT. WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH...GUSTING TO 45

MPH...WILL CREATE MAJOR BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.



* ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME IMPASSABLE FROM THE DRIFTING SNOW.

DANGEROUS TO IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL IS EXPECTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON

AND NIGHT.



PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...



A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE

EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS

AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT

CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF

YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET

STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR

THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.