First Major Winter Storm of Season Threatens Midwest
Strong Winds, Heavy Snow, Accumulations of 12”+ Expected in Some Areas
Although the temperatures in many parts of the country have been warm, a preview of winter will make its debut at the start of the week, with below average temperatures in two thirds of the country and significant snow accumulations in parts of the Plains and Midwest.
A cold front moving east from Montana will bring below freezing temperatures to some cities including Chicago and Minneapolis, and it will feel even colder thanks to significant winds. The cold front should reach the Northeast by the end of the week and temperatures are expected to remain well below average in the following week as well.
On Sunday, heavier snow will begin to fall in Montana and parts of the Dakotas, while Wisconsin and Michigan may see a light dusting.
Snow will get heavier on Monday, moving from South Dakota into Michigan and much of Wisconsin. Snow will be heavy on Tuesday, mostly in northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan and these regions will see a total accumulation of over a foot in some areas.
Blowing snow will impact visibility in many areas and cause hazardous driving conditions. Airlines have already begun to issue weather waivers although no flights were cancelled due to weather as of Sunday at noon EST. Delta Air Lines issued a waiver on Saturday for travel to, from, and through its hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as Rochester, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
UPDATE – November 9, 2014 AT 12:15 P.M. EST
The original version of this article was published on November 8. The forecast in the article has been updated based on new information.
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