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Another Weekend Storm Poised to Disrupt Midwest, South

24 Feb 2015, 4:49 pm

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It just won’t stop.

On the heels of a busy week of wintry weather across the South and bitterly cold temperatures further north and east, another potentially major winter storm will move into the nation’s heartland, possibly disrupting travel plans this weekend from Detroit to Kansas City and points in between.

An area of low pressure will develop in the lee of the Rocky Mountains on Saturday (which will also help bring some decent snow to Colorado and Wyoming ski resorts), and with an active jet stream pumping plenty of upper-air energy overhead and cold temperatures in place from a reinforcing mid-week shot of Arctic air, the ingredients are in place for a winter storm this weekend across the Midwest.

For Chicago, Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, Detroit and Indianapolis, this could mean a period of accumulating snow on Saturday and into Sunday. Roadways that could be impacted include I-70, I-80, I-35, I-55 and I-29. The snow starts in western Kansas and Nebraska Saturday morning, moving into eastern parts of those states by later Saturday, and moving into Illinois, Missouri and Iowa by Sunday.

Further south, it generally looks like a much-needed reprieve from snow and ice for Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee, although a little light snow and ice could fall at the onset of the precipitation on Friday and Saturday.

It’s too early for precise accumulations – so mostly consider this your early warning. But, some of the models are indicating a swath of 6-12″ of snow could be possible, particularly between I-70 and I-80 in northern Kansas and Missouri and central and possibly northern Illinois. A widespread plowable (3″+) snowfall is likely for many, including the aforementioned Midwest cities.

We’ll have updates as needed! Stay tuned to and WeatherNation TV for all the latest on this possible snowy ring into March.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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