Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Alert Day: Blizzard Warning for the metro area

Alert Day: Blizzard Warning for the metro area

"Total snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches is expected".

A rare blizzard warning is in effect for all of Oneida County from 4am Monday to 4am Tuesday.

AccuWeather puts the snowfall total for February in the Tri-Cities at 15.4 inches. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, with blizzard conditions possible.

Winds will gust up to 50 miles per hour. This will create very unsafe travel conditions. The combination of wind and snow is expected to cause whiteouts.

Parts of the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro areas were seeing a mix of rain and snow as of Sunday morning. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday night, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times.

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The rain amounts across the area will generally be an inch or less.

Any accumulations will be a dusting to an inch or two. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the higher elevation areas along the Idaho/Wyoming state line.

Plan on slippery roads becoming very hazardous or impassable Saturday afternoon and evening. Winds: Southwest winds 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts to 35 miles per hour. This will lead to hard travel conditions for high profile vehicles and isolated power outages.

Our next round of snow moves in fast during the Friday evening drive. Motorists are urged to use caution overnight. We are at a "Red-3, High Impact" on our Weather Impact Scale both Saturday and Sunday.

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