Weather Authority: Rain, sleet and snow arrive tonight


The heavy winds and snow for the Bemidji region should come after 9 p.m. Wednesday and overnight into Thursday.

Friday - Rain likely before noon, then snow.

Wet weather continues today without too many problems, but those warm temperatures leave rapidly tonight, which means it will be slick in spots for the Friday morning commute.

Thursday Night: Rain showers likely before 3am, then snow showers likely.

Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. through midnight. North wind around 5 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Any lingering sleet or freezing rain Friday morning will become all snow, with a couple of inches of accumulation expected, mainly south of Interstate 69. Low around 3 below. Wind chill values as low as 2.

Tonight: Scattered snow showers, mostly cloudy with Southwest wind 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusts as high as 45 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Meanwhile, a Winter Weather Warning was issued until noon Thursday for counties north and west of the Topeka area. Patchy blowing snow before 1 p.m.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Winds out of the north at 5-10 miles per hour. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of rain.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, it will sunny with a high near 17 and a low of -2. South wind around 10 miles per hour. Otherwise skies will be cloudy with a low around 46 degrees.

While the storm is predicted to be less severe, travel conditions will still be impacted - winds gusting over 40 miles per hour throughout the storm will impair visibility, and commuters could also be dealing with slick roads on their morning commute. Plan on another night with a hard freeze as temperatures fall into the 20s again by Saturday morning.