Most areas in the Northern Plains haven’t seen cold temperatures this year, let alone snow. That will all be changing over the next 24 hours as a strong low pressure center moves out of the Rockies towards the Great Lakes. More than a foot of snow may fall in parts of Northern Minnesota by Saturday morning, along with wind gusts above 40 mph at times. Parts of Western Minnesota and Eastern sections of North and South Dakota are under Blizzard Warnings as travel could become impossible by later tonight into Friday due to the snow and wind. Road closures are possible, with sections of I-29 and I-94 a concern.
Snow has already been falling in South Dakota and Nebraska. It will continue to increase and become heavier throughout the night.
— NWS Aberdeen (@NWSAberdeen) November 17, 2016
— NWS North Platte (@NWSNorthPlatte) November 17, 2016
6-10″ of accumulation is possible in the heaviest bands, with a few spots seeing more than a foot. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 40-50 mph are likely as the low strengthens tomorrow. This will create significant blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility to near zero at times. White out conditions may last for several hours in open areas during the strongest winds and heaviest snow.
Impacts will be felt throughout several cities in the Upper Midwest. Before travelling, be sure to check ahead on the latest weather conditions and road reports.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation for the latest updates on the changing weather conditions with the snow storm.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels