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UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning Cancelled; Advisory Remains in Effect

The National Weather Service has cancelled its previous winter storm warning for the Hudson area, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m., Feb. 10, 2013): It looks like the worst of Winter Storm Orko is over for Hudson.

The National Weather Service has cancelled its previous winter storm warning for the Hudson area, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect. Expect occasional light snow throughout the night.

The following is the full text of the winter weather advisory:

... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY... ... WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES STORM TOTAL.

* TIMING: OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE NIGHT.

* OTHER IMPACTS: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY LATE EVENING AND PERSIST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS... RESULTING IN AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING... ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

... WORST OF THE WINTRY WEATHER SETTLING DOWN FOR SOME... PERSISTING INTO MONDAY FOR OTHERS...

.LOW PRESSURE OVER IOWA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST-NORTHEAST THROUGH TONIGHT... AND INTO EASTERN UPPER MICHIGAN BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. STEADY SNOW HAS ENDED OVER MUCH OF THE AREA... ALTHOUGH AREAS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP BY THIS EVENING OVER WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA... WITH SNOW SHOWERS AND FLURRIES ELSEWHERE. SOME PATCHY DRIZZLE AND FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL BE POSSIBLE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE TWIN CITIES THROUGH EARLY EVENING. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DRAMATICALLY INCREASE DURING THE MID TO LATE EVENING HOURS AND PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE FELT FROM WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY... WHERE GUSTS OF 40-45 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. THE STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FROM AROUND MONTEVIDEO SOUTHEAST TO NEAR NEW ULM.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT INTO MONDAY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM HUTCHINSON TO MORA... WITH A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY SOUTH AND EAST OF THERE. A BLIZZARD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY FOR TONIGHT AND MONDAY.

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES IN LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVE ALL SNOW... MAINLY WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF OVER A FOOT ARE POSSIBLE NEAR THE SOUTH DAKOTA BORDER. WHERE MIXED PRECIPITATION OCCURRED SUNDAY MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON... MAINLY SOUTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM NEW ULM TO CAMBRIDGE... TOTALS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES... WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS WEST OF A LINE FROM FAIRMONT TO LUCK... WISCONSIN.

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UPDATE (10:40 p.m., Feb. 9, 2013): The Weather Channel, which now names blizzards, has dubbed the coming storm Winter Storm Orko, named after an odd character in the 1980s He-Man cartoon.

If you're out and about shooting photos of the weather on Sunday, feel free to add them to this post or Instagram them with the hashtag #orko.

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ORIGINAL POST (3:12 p.m., Feb. 9, 2013): The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning effective 6 a.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday. It remains uncertain how much of the precipitation in our area will be rain, sleet or snow. Expect icy and/or snowy conditions.

The following is the full text of the National Weather Service winter storm warning:

...WINTER STORM EXPECTED FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...

.A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE UPPER MIDWEST FROM TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA... AND IS POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND MUCH OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE IN WESTERN AND PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT INTO MONDAY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM NEW ULM THROUGH THE NORTHERN TWIN CITIES METRO TO LADYSMITH... WITH A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY SOUTH OF THERE. A BLIZZARD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY FOR LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.

THERE IS STILL UNCERTAINTY AS TO HOW MUCH ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE LOST TO MIXED PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN... BUT THERE IS INCREASED CONFIDENCE THAT HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE HIGHEST SNOW TOTALS WILL BE NORTHWEST OF A REDWOOD FALLS TO CAMBRIDGE LINE. SOUTH AND EAST OF THAT LINE... SOME FREEZING RAIN... SLEET AND RAIN COULD MIX WITH SNOW FOR A PERIOD OF TIME ON SUNDAY... TRANSITIONING BACK TO ALL SNOW SUNDAY NIGHT. LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVE ALL SNOW CAN EXPECT TOTALS OF 7 TO 12 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. WHERE MIXED PRECIPITATION OCCURS... TOTALS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 3 TO 8 INCHES... WITH LOWER AMOUNTS NEAR THE IOWA BORDER. SUNDAY EVENING... STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS WESTERN MINNESOTA... AND PERSIST THROUGH MONDAY AS THEY BUILD INTO SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED. THESE WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW AND POSSIBLE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS THOSE AREAS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 INCHES.

* TIMING: A WINTRY MIX IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE LATE TONIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION WILL START AS A MIX OF SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN...

AND THEN TRANSITION TO A RAIN AND SNOW MIX FOR A TIME... BEFORE SWITCHING BACK TO SNOW SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

* OTHER IMPACTS: STRONGER WINDS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MAY LEAD TO AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

 

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Tanya K February 10, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Great, I can hibernate for a day or possibly two..

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