Area forecasts call for snow, wind

The past few days have brought relatively mild weather to the Marshall area, but things could change starting tonight. A pair of weather systems moving into the region are bringing chances for snow on Thursday, and again on Friday, said meteorologist Brad Temeyer, at the National Weather Service Office in Sioux Falls.

Temeyer said the Marshall area could see some precipitation today, in the form of drizzling rain. But as temperatures start to fall tonight and into Thursday, there’s a possibility that drizzle will transition into sleet or a wintry mix of precipitation, he said.

On Thursday, Marshall area could see around two inches of snow, with gusting wind, Temeyer said. With wind gusts at peak speeds near 40 miles per hour, there’s a potential for blizzard conditions on Thursday, he said. Whether there are additional icy conditions from sleet or freezing rain will depend on what kind of precipitation the area gets tonight.

“It depends on how quick the transition is,” from drizzle to snow, Temeyer said.

Another weather system coming into the region on Friday could bring more snow with it, Temeyer said.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service said a winter storm watch will be in effect for several southwest Minnesota counties, including Lincoln, Lyon and Murray counties, from midnight until 6 p.m. Thursday. The winter storm watch message said total snow accumulations from three to five inches are possible, along with winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour, and wind chills as low as 25 degrees below zero.