The first major snow storm of the season will be moving into the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains over the next few days. It will bring a band of very heavy snow and lots of wind. Once the storm is finished, around a foot of slushy snow will fall in the heaviest band. With an increasing wind, blowing and drifting snow is likely in open areas. A Blizzard Watch has been issued in parts of Eastern South Dakota, Southeast North Dakota, and Western Minnesota.
Travel could become rather difficult Thursday Night and Friday across the region. The first wave of snow will roll across the Nebraska Panhandle and into South Dakota Thursday night on the north side of the low. By Friday, the snow will spread into Eastern North Dakota, most of Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The wind will will be brisk on Thursday and start to increase into Friday as the low pressure center intensifies. Gusts above 30 mph will produce near zero visibility and whiteout conditions.
Travel impacts will be felt across most of the region. Be sure to check current road and weather conditions before travelling into the watch and warning areas.
As the system departs Saturday, the temperature will be tumbling down to the coldest readings felt so far this Fall.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation for updates on the impending snow storm.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels