Blizzard Warnings, Hazardous Travel Conditions Are in Store for the Weekend

By Paul Riegler on 17 January 2020
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A major winter storm will across the country over the weekend, bringing blizzard conditions to some areas.

The sprawling storm will create hazardous travel conditions from the Plains to the Northeast, the National Weather Service said.  Several hundred flights have already been cancelled as of 10 a.m. EST at airports including Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Lambert-St. Louis International, Kansas City International, and Dallas/Forth Worth International.  Other airports including Chicago O’Hare and Denver International are reporting

Blizzard warnings are in effect for the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and extreme northeast Nebraska for Friday night through late Saturday afternoon and forecasters are predicting whiteout conditions.

Meanwhile, winter storm warnings are in effect for portions of the Plains and upper Midwest, including much of Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin, Iowa, and parts of Kansas and western Missouri, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Des Moines, Iowa, and Detroit.

Winter weather advisories have been posted as far east as northern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valey, and southern Connecticut.

By the time the weekend is over, much of the Upper Midwest, reat Lakes, and the interior Northeast and northern New England regions will have seen heavy snow. The I-95 corridor from Boston through New York City to Washington, D.C. will likely see light snowfall before the precipitation switches to rain.

As of Friday morning, the Plains is getting hit with heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Kansas City International Airport in Missouri was shut down for several hours after the nose wheel of a Delta Airbus A319 jet dropped off the pavement during taxi.  The airport has since reopened

Ice accumulations on vehicles of over 0.1” (0,254 mm) have been reported in multiple cities including Wichita, Russell and Great Bend, Kansas, and Harrison and Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Blizzard conditions are forecast for the Northern Plains over the weekend.

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