Minor snowfall accumulations but strong winds will make for hazardous travel in portions of the Upper Midwest into New Years Day. Blizzard Warnings have been issued in the Red River Valley and Black Hills, with winter weather alerts from the Front Range to Lake Huron.
A stripe of 4″ to 8″ of snow will fall from on the north side of a low pressure center riding through the Corn Belt states. Far lesser amounts will fall further north, an inch at most. A strong Jet Stream will help to deepen the low, increasing winds across the region. This will create significant blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility. White out conditions are possible in the Blizzard Warning areas with travel becoming nearly impossible at times.
The wind will remain brisk on New Years Day, but the snow will come to an end as the low pushes eastward through the Ohio Valley.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels