Major winter storm – 14 states on alert

Blizzard warning for Central U.S. (South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska). Additionally, 15 states are on alert for damaging winds and heavy snow.

In blizzard areas, travel could be very difficult if not impossible at times.

The heaviest of the snow will begin late tonight into Friday morning from Minnesota into Iowa, Wisconsin and parts of northern Illinois and Missouri.

Snowfall totals will range from 6 inches to as much as a foot of snow possible for Minnesota and parts of northern Iowa.

Part of that same storm will move into the Northeast by Friday night, where more than 6 inches of heavy snow is exected in upstate New York and northern New England.

Relatively colder air behind the storm will produce additional snow in parts of western New York and Pennsylvania this weekend.

For an example, here’s what the National Weather Service has to say about North Central Iowa:

Extremely stout winds coupled with moderate to heavy snow will lead to blizzard conditions tonight and throughout much of the day Friday over the central to western sections of Iowa. The heaviest snowfall is likely to fall over north central portions of the state, but even further south and west blizzard conditions are anticipated. Significant travel impacts are expected, especially along Interstates 80 and 35.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…
…BLIZZARD WARNING FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…For the Blizzard Warning, blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

* IMPACTS…For today, some travel impacts are possible. For tonight through Friday, travel could be very difficult if not impossible at times with blowing snow significantly reducing
visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday evening, Friday morning, and Friday evening commutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dmx&wwa=blizzard%20warning

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/blizzard-warning-for-central-us-15-states-on-alert-for-damaging-winds-and-heavy-snow/ar-BB1cKt3c?li=BBnb7Kz

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January 14, 2021 at 11:35AM

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