Major Winter Storm Forecast For Area; Blizzard Warning Issued

Blizzard conditions will move in from the west as the rain changes to snow beginning this afternoon. Wind gusts will peak this afternoon, then decline some during the night followed by a second lesser peak in wind speed Saturday morning. The strongest winds will be west of Highway 83. Travel will be dangerous during this storm. Any travelers may become stranded.

Today temperatures will warm very little from the night before falling this afternoon. Saturday the cold temperatures combined with the high winds will create wind chills around zero in the morning! Sunday more seasonal weather returns. The colder temperatures will be in the deeper snow pack.

The winds will strengthen from west to east today. While gusts of 60+ MPH are expected for all counties, the strongest winds will remain west of Highway 83. Wind gusts will reach a peak this afternoon, then gradually slow some during the night. A second lesser peak in intensity is expected Saturday morning followed by a gradual reduction in wind speed through the rest of the day. The high winds and snow will lead to near zero visibility/whiteout conditions for most of the Tri-State Area.

Most of the snow will fall during the night. There will be some lingering snow Saturday. Any travel is highly discouraged during this storm.