February 20, 2011 by USA Post
WCCO WEATHER, WCCO-TV is the television station owned by CBS and operated serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota. It emits a digital television signal on channel 32. It also operates two satellites at full power – KCCO-TV Alexandria (channel 7) and Walker KCCW-TV (Channel 12). The station’s studios are in downtown Minneapolis, while its transmitter is in the complex Téléfarm in Shoreview, Minnesota. From 1947 to 1996, WCCO-TV and WCCO-AM won twelve George Foster Peabody Awards, more than any other point of Twin Cities broadcast. Unlike most other stations owned and operated CBS, WCCO did not follow the mandate of its CBS brand image by simply using its call letters rather than “CBS 4.
The National Weather Service predicts 5-9 inches of snow for the region compared to 13.7 inches Forecasters originally expected. The area is still under a winter storm warning until noon on Monday. St. Cloud State University meteorologist Bob Weisman predicts that the region could see anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of snow from this storm, the heaviest begin falling this afternoon.
The NWS forecast shows that the southwestern Minnesota may be the hardest hit by the storm. The NWS expects that the region could Willmar 8-12 cm of snow today and maybe 3-7 inches longer by the end of the night. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol are reporting difficult driving conditions throughout the southern part of Minnesota this morning. Slippery roads and blowing snow are reported.
A blizzard pounding portions of the Dakotas and Minnesota will travel through almost closed times tonight, a danger zone of falling ice further south in the Midwest.
Travel will be extremely difficult to almost impossible at times along portions of I-29 I-35, I-90 and I-94 as the storm unfolds.
Sections of roads and highways may need to be closed by officials as conditions continue to deteriorate.
Significant blowing and drifting snow has already occurred in parts of Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.
The area was hit hard by snow and wind will encompass much of South Dakota, southeastern North Dakota and southwestern Minnesota.
A foot of snow, with locally higher amounts will thud in communities located in this corridor.
Some communities in western South Dakota have already been buried by more than a foot of snow. Rapid City, SD, received half a foot of snow.
Sustained winds will whip the area to over 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph. Important blowing snow will reduce visibility to one quarter mile and less for several hours afterwards.
Drifting snow on back roads will also continue to challenge the road crews in the early storm of flying Midwest.
Although the criteria blizzard cannot be met in Minneapolis, it will be a big snowstorm that has a significant impact on travel in the city.
Up to a foot of snow is expected to bury the Twin Cities. Winds will continue to receive a little windy with gusts over 30 mph at the time that could contribute to blowing snow and dangerous, low visibility.
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