Winter storm spans from Plains, Upper Midwest to Northeast
Monday, January 22, 2018, 12:46 - All manner of winter weather warnings and advisories continued Monday afternoon from western Kansas to Upper Michigan - with a few counties across upstate New York and most of northern New England including on the leading edge. This storm will have significant impacts on transportation; many roads in the central Plains and the Upper Midwest have treacherous or impossible driving conditions, especially along portions of Interstate 70 to I-90 corridor.
Here's what you need to know.
- Band of heavy snow expected from the central High Plains to the Upper Midwest
- Many flights canceled at O'Hare
- Strong winds with snow are causing blizzard conditions from northern Kansas to southern Minnesota
- Blizzard conditions will improve gradually west to east starting Monday evening
- Locally heavy rain and thunderstorms will precede this system from the Tennessee Valley through the Great Lakes Region
- Snow will develop over the Upper Great Lakes and northern New England Monday afternoon
- An area of freezing rain or sleet is likely along the transition line between rain and snow, particularly in New England where freezing rain is expected into Tuesday
- Cold air sinks back into the Plains and Midwest behind the low
- Find updates on watches and warnings in your area on the ALERTS page of our website
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Click play to watch below: Storm timing through Wednesday morning
The storm tracks northeast toward the Great Lakes region, bringing a swath of heavy snow from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa through southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Heavy snow is expected to continue through the morning hours into the afternoon for Nebraska and western Iowa. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts of 10 to 18 inches, are expected along and north of Interstate 80, according to the National Weather Service. South of Interstate 80 over the warned area snowfall totals will likely range from 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 7 inches.
Strong winds continue as well, meaning that snow will be blowing around, diminishing visibilities and piling up in drifts. Expect worsening conditions to develop during the afternoon over Minnesota and Wisconsin as the heart of the storm moves in and rain changes to snow.
South of the frontal system, thunderstorms are possible with an area of locally heavy rain, with isolated severe storms not entirely out of the question. Between the regions of rain and snow, there could also be a brief period of freezing rain and sleet. The highest potential for this looks to be across northern Lower Michigan and central Wisconsin, and across parts of the Adirondacks and into northern New England.
The snow will begin tapering off over the Central Plains Monday night.
Watch below: Timing the strongest winds
The storm will continue to track east, and New Yorkers and Bostonians can expect to wake up to slick conditions as the cold front chugs across the I-95 corridor through the morning hours and into the early afternoon. Difficult travel conditions can be expected, including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected across the Northeast.
Meanwhile, minimal lake-effect snow is possible behind the low during the day on Tuesday. Sunshine returns to the Midwest heading toward mid-week and, while temperatures drop again behind the system, they won't be as cold they were earlier this month. That being said, even a mild pattern in the month of January could still bring the risk of snow.