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Blizzard Conditions in the Midwest

Tracking Blizzard-Like Conditions in the Midwest

Heavy snow began to fall overnight across the Dakotas and Minnesota.  Conditions in these areas will continue to deteriorate today as winds increase and temperatures drop.

Above image is satellite and radar imagery from the mid morning hours showing  impressive and persistent areas of snow.   At this point many locations in South Dakota and central Minnesota have reported over 6″.  With snow not expected to stop anytime soon, some locations could see up to foot by the time the storm winds down. Potential snow totals through noon on Monday:

Yesterday, models indication a slightly southward shift in the center of this storm. This means that the heaviest snow totals will be closer to the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.   Totals on the north side of the cities are likely to higher than on the south side of the cities.

Heavy snow is only one part of the equation.  Winds behind this system will be pick up this freshly fallen snow and generate large drifts and areas of limited visibility.  As that air streams in from the north, temperatures will be dropping.  Combine that cooler air with those high winds and that will mean wind chill values well below zero.

On the south side of this system, it is much warmer.  With the colder air sliding south, temperature changes between today and tomorrow will be rather dramatic. There is also the possibility of evening thunderstorms, some of which may be severe.

Severe risk for today in the yellow shaded areas:

Wintery weather also extending from the Colorado Rockies into the north central New Mexico.

Travel in all of these areas that are under a Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Warning is not advised, at all. If you absolutely must take to the roads, here are a few ideas of items to have in your car.

The weekend winds down with quieter weather across the rest of the nation.  It is still very mild from the northeast down to the southeast as temperatures are as much as 20 degrees above average for this time of the year.  Another brief round rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest before skies clear out tomorrow.

Monday features frigid conditions across the Midwest and temperatures plunging as much as 30 degrees as far south as Texas. Notice Houston, TX: 81 today, 49 tomorrow.  The sun makes a short appearance in the Northwest.  Cooler and breezy conditions impact Arizona.

Have a great Sunday!

Gretchen Mishek

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