The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Hudson area from 9 p.m. on Wednesday until 6 p.m. on Thursday. A fresh blanket of snow already is covering the ground in Hudson and it continues to fall as street crews are busy preparing roads for the Thursday morning commute.
The Hudson School District has made no indication of cancelling or delaying classes or activities at this point.
The Weather Channel, which is now naming blizzards, has dubbed this event Winter Storm Draco. At this point, the brunt of Draco's fury appears to be hitting to the east and south of Hudson. It doesn't look like Draco will come close to dropping the amount of snow Winter Storm Caesar did last week.
The following is the full text of the National Weather Service's winter weather advisory:
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY.
* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON... AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY BY THIS EVENING. STRONG WINDS WILL FOLLOW THURSDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS... 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 30 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY AS WELL.
* MAIN IMPACT... BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW COULD MAKE FOR DIFFICULT TRAVEL ON THURSDAY.
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.
... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IS EXPECTED IN FAR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN TONIGHT AND THURSDAY...
.A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT AND THURSDAY FOR PORTIONS OF FAR SOUTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA ALONG WITH PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE WARNING INCLUDES AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM RED WING TO FARIBAULT TO WASECA TO FAIRMONT IN MINNESOTA... AND ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM CORNELL TO ELLSWORTH IN WISCONSIN. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE COUNTIES IMMEDIATELY NORTH AND WEST OF THE WARNING AREA.
SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS NEBRASKA AND NORTHERN IOWA THIS AFTERNOON... AND BEGIN TO SPREAD NORTH AND NORTHEAST ACROSS THE MINNESOTA BORDER BY SUNSET. THE AREA OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD NORTHEAST ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA... AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN OVERNIGHT. SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATING SNOW ARE LIKELY IN THE WARNED AREA... WITH A FEW INCHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA.
ALTHOUGH THE CURRENT TRACK OF THIS STORM TAKES THE BULK OF THE HEAVY SNOW ACROSS IOWA AND WISCONSIN... THERE HAS BEEN A SLIGHT SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST ON THE MORNING MODEL RUNS. THEREFORE... SNOWFALL AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY INCREASED AND ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE AS FAR NORTH AS THE SOUTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN SUBURBS OF THE TWIN CITIES.
IN ADDITION... STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY ON THURSDAY. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS FROM 15 TO 30 MPH ALONG WITH GUSTS IN THE 30 TO 40 MPH RANGE ARE POSSIBLE. THIS WOULD LIKELY RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WHERE THERE IS A WINTER STORM WARNING. IN ADDITION... SEVERAL INCHES OF FRESH SNOW FELL ACROSS THE WARNING AREA TUESDAY MORNING WHICH MAY ALSO BE PICKED UP BY THE STRONG WINDS.