Spring may be days away, but the northern Plains and Upper Midwest are about to get walloped by yet another winter storm, meteorologists said Tuesday.
The system traveled east from the Rockies, and by 5 a.m. ET Tuesday snow was falling in a narrow band from Wyoming to Minnesota, according to Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
The lower part of this band was set to shift through parts of Colorado and Nebraska in the morning, while the eastern end of the system was forecast to move into Wisconsin and Michigan throughout the day, Roth said.
Forecasters expect that across the region between 4 and 10 inches of snow could fall in the next 48 hours, with a few isolated spots around Lake Superior bracing for even more. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that parts of Minnesota were expecting as much as 12 inches.
The Weather Channel
Snowfall expected across the Great Plains and Midwest in the 48 hours until early Thursday morning.
The storm is expected to cross the Great Lakes on Wednesday. And Roth said it had the potential dump more snow on northern New York and northern New England, before tapering off Thursday.
"Driving conditions will be worst in eastern South Dakota all the way to northwest Michigan," Roth said. "But these areas are used to blizzards, and this system is not particularly unusual for this time of year - they can get pretty good storms until April."
Roth said the worst affected airport would be Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. There were no significant delays by 5 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware.
But the misery was not expected to end there: Another system is set to follow a similar path starting Thursday in North Dakota but bringing less snow.
— Alexander Smith
First published March 18 2014, 3:52 AM