FIRST ALERT DAYS: Winter weather impacts on Thursday & Friday – KTTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – KTTC, Your Weather Authority, is declaring Thursday and Friday First Alert Weather days.
The forecast team at KTTC says we should expect a rain and snow mix to start late Thursday afternoon with a changeover to all snow in the evening. The evening commute may become a bit slick and messy. Snow will continue through the night and won’t wrap up until late Friday morning.
As you can imagine, a night of steady snowfall on top of the patches of ice from Thursday evening will make for a potentially nasty morning commute. Snowfall amounts right now will likely be between one and four inches, but the exact location of the heaviest snowfall in that band has yet to be determined.
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What is a First Alert Day?
Here at KTTC, we want you to know we take the weather seriously in any situation because the weather can impact everyone differently. We want to highlight the days when the weather can be impactful, or even hazardous to your daily life. On these weather days, we want to alert you as soon as possible when these situations develop, and that’s why the KTTC weather team is launching First Alert Weather Days.
Our goal is to give you as much notice as possible about weather conditions that could force you to alter your daily plans, but sometimes the weather can change fast.
We want to be clear, this is not a way to hype the weather or the next “weather-maker” we are tracking. This is simply giving you a heads up on when weather conditions could be impactful on your daily life and you might need to take extra precautions to stay safe.
We could declare a First Alert Day for these types of weather situations:
Alert days are designed to give you an ample amount of time to prepare and to keep your family safe.
If we are considering issuing a First Alert Day, we will start our weathercast by looking at the next “weather-maker” that could impact our region. Once a First Alert Day is issued, you will see an “alert sign” on our 7-day forecast, which will signify an alert has been issued for that day.
If the forecast changes, and conditions are not expected to be as severe, we will downgrade from an “Alert Day”.
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