Winter storm watch for Saturday and Sunday

Twin Cities National Weather Service

Winter Storm Saturday into Saturday Night.A large storm system will impact the state Friday into Sunday, with rain expected to transition to snow across northern into northwestern Iowa Saturday morning and persist through the day into Saturday night. Winter storm watches were also issued in the upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes, with warnings of drifting snow, gusty winds and downed tree limbs Friday night into Saturday.

Strong wind gusts will also occur during the freezing rain. Travel could become very hard at times.

The Winter Storm Warning for Allegan, Barry, Eaton and Ingham Counties to the north continues thru Sunday AM. A few inches accumulation are possible. Morning lows Sunday will cause headaches for those who have planted cold sensitive plants with temperatures dipping into the low to upper 20s.

Southern Minnesota could see freezing rain Friday night and early Saturday with "difficult" travel conditions in that area, largely due to road icing, the weather service said.

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Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, with localized amounts up to 9 inches, and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch are possible. New ice accumulation of around a 0.2 of an inch possible. In addition to the heavy snow, strong winds gusting between 40 to 50 miles per hour will bring the possibility of blizzard conditions to west central Minnesota. High temperatures on Thursday will soar into the 80s and 90s before crashing late Friday with light snow possible by Saturday morning.

The Ohio Valley can expect to see a mixture of rain and snow.

Peak wind gusts thru 3 pm: 52 mph South Haven Beach, 48 mph Saugatuck Beach and Bradley, 44 mph Grand Rapids, 43 mph Muskegon, Holland (airport), Fremont and Whitehall, 35 mph Lansing, 32 mph Battle Creek and 31 mph Kalamazoo.

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