- “Travel should be limited to emergencies only,” the National Weather Service said.
- This will be the first measurable snow of the season in large parts of central and southern Minnesota, including the twin cities.
- Snowflakes can even reach places like Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City later Sunday and into Monday.
The season’s first significant snowstorm has issued warnings of blizzards across parts of the Upper Midwest on Thursday, forecasters said.
The winter precipitation will last from Thursday to most of Friday, allowing several inches of snow to pile up, AccuWeather said. In Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, for example, 3-6 inches of snow is expected from Thursday to Friday.
“Travel should only be limited to emergencies,” it said National Weather Service said. “If you have to travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.”
Strong winds, potentially up to 60 mph, will blow the snow around, leading to the possibility of blizzards. “In areas that are experiencing the bulk of the storm, these strong winds combined with any snow can cause extensive disruption,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Jessica Storm.
Tim Masters, a hydrometeorologist with Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said that “with the wind and snow together, we look at visibility less than a mile and sometimes less than a quarter mile in some places.”
This will be the first measurable snow of the season in large parts of central and southern Minnesota, including the twin cities, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin, according to Weather.com.
The snow was to subside later on Friday before another system, called an “Alberta Clipper” because of its origins in western Canada, would sweep into the northern plains on Saturday and the western Great Lakes on Saturday night, bringing more snow.
The first flakes of the season
After a soft Friday in much of the east, the season’s first snowflakes could fly into parts of the region over the weekend and into early next week, while colder air flows in, the National Weather Service said.
AccuWeather Forecasters say an active storm lane combined with a prolonged gust of cold air in the east will provide opportunities for many in parts of the Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and northeast to see the first snow of the season. Snowflakes can even reach places like Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City later Sunday and into Monday.
Meanwhile, around the Great Lakes, snow effects are likely over the weekend and early next week. This could produce accumulations ranging from a rapid pavement to an empty snow to as much as half a foot in the typical snow belts, such as the western parts of Michigan and southwestern New York, AccuWeather said.
Starring: Alfonzo Galvan, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader
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