Holiday travelers into the High Plains this weekend may want to get to their destination as early as possible. An intense low pressure center will move up into the region on Christmas and produce lots of wind and snow. Blizzard and Winter Storm Watches have already been issued in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The storm will likely produce a wide swath of snowfall totals near a foot.
Very strong winds above 30 mph, with gusts above 40 mph are possible as the system moves into the Upper Midwest. This will produce significant blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility. Travel may become difficult, if not impossible.
On Sunday morning, the heaviest snow and wind will be found in Wyoming and Montana as the low moves up from the Front Range. As upper level Jet Stream energy swings into the Upper Midwest, the strong winds and blinding snow will push into North and South Dakota.
As the low pushes from South Dakota into Minnesota, the wind and heavy snow will continue. Since the storm is fast moving, it will quickly push north of Lake Superior into Ontario on Monday. Weather conditions will quickly improve over the region as the system moves off to the east.
WeatherNation will have around the clock updates on this storm through the important holiday travel period. You can also track the storm at weathernationtv.com online.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels