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Big Snow on the Way for Midwest, High Plains

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Just a few days after much of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin picked up their first accumulating snowfalls of the year, a significant snowstorm is set to wallop the region with up to a foot of snow to start the work week.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota could see as much as a foot of snowfall between late Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Other cities that could be significantly impacted by this system include Aberdeen and Brookings, South Dakota; Des Moines and Sioux City, Iowa; St. Cloud and Alexandria, Minnesota and Omaha and Norfolk, Nebraska, where as much as eight inches of fall along with some ice in parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa in particular.

A potent upper-level low will move east overnight, spreading snow first into the Dakotas and then into Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa Monday morning. The snow is expected to be heavy and wet as in many spots temperatures will hover around the freezing mark of 32°. The snow moves northeast mostly into Canada by Tuesday, but not after dropping up to a foot (if not a bit more in some localized areas in southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota) of snow for the region’s first significant snowfall of the season.

Minneapolis received about an inch of snow on Thanksgiving, which tied for the seventh-latest first snowfall on record in the Twin Cities.

Light sleet and freezing rain on the storm’s southern fringes could slicken commutes in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa along with far southern South Dakota and Minnesota, mostly on Monday morning. Ice amounts are generally expected to stay under a quarter of an inch, although that is enough to create a layer of ice that will make travel difficult on affected roadways. Be extra cautious if driving through any ice-covered roadways.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this snow and ice event.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover photo: File

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