Updated 5:30 p.m. 2/20/2013:
The National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch has been reduced to a Winter Weather Advisory, as the bulk of Thursday's storm is expected to pass to our south.
But that's a relative statement. As much as half a foot of snow could still fall in Lakeville and the rest of Dakota County from Thursday through Friday morning.
You can be sure of one thing: both commutes to work will be a hassle on Friday.
All told, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Lakeville and much of the state, which will be in effect from Thursday night to Friday afternoon.
According to the NWS, 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible between Thursday and Friday. High temperatures expected for Thursday and Friday are 20 and 26, respectively. Low temperatures are 17 and 11, respectively.
The following was released by the NWS:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 414 AM CST WED FEB 20 2013
...VERY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES EXPECTED THROUGH 9 AM...
...WINTER STORM APPROACHING FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...
.WIND CHILL VALUES OF 25 BELOW TO 35 BELOW ZERO WILL PERSIST THROUGH 9 AM ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...WITH WIND CHILLS FROM 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO TO THE EAST. AS TEMPERATURES WARM THIS MORNING...WIND CHILL VALUES WILL RISE ABOVE -25.
THE NEXT POTENTIAL WEATHER HAZARD IS SNOWFALL THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS EXCEEDING 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM ST. JAMES...TO MANKATO...TO RED WING AND EAU CLAIRE. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVER SOUTHERN MINNESOTA THURSDAY EVENING...AND SPREAD NORTH AND EAST TO REACH CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED TO SLOWLY TAPER OFF THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY FRIDAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS APPEAR MOST LIKELY ALONG INTERSTATE 90 IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA.
MNZ047>049-051-054>060-064>069-076-077-201815- /O.CON.KMPX.WC.Y.0005.000000T0000Z-130220T1500Z/ /O.CON.KMPX.WS.A.0004.130222T0000Z-130223T0000Z/ STEVENS-POPE-STEARNS-SHERBURNE-LAC QUI PARLE-SWIFT-CHIPPEWA- KANDIYOHI-MEEKER-WRIGHT-HENNEPIN-YELLOW MEDICINE-RENVILLE-MCLEOD- SIBLEY-CARVER-SCOTT-LE SUEUR-RICE- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MORRIS...GLENWOOD...ST. CLOUD... ELK RIVER...MADISON...BENSON...MONTEVIDEO...WILLMAR... LITCHFIELD...MONTICELLO...MINNEAPOLIS...GRANITE FALLS...OLIVIA... HUTCHINSON...GAYLORD...CHASKA...SHAKOPEE...LE SUEUR...FARIBAULT 414 AM CST WED FEB 20 2013
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING...
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING. A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
* WIND CHILL VALUES: 25 TO 35 DEGREES BELOW ZERO THROUGH MID MORNING.
* TIMING: SNOW DEVELOPING THURSDAY EVENING AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY.
* SNOW TOTALS: 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE BETWEEN THURSDAY EVENING AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.