According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham, snow and stormy weather from Alberta Clipper are expected to sweep in from the northern Plains into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes through Wednesday night.
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Fresh Snow Across Midwest States
After dropping snow over southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the storm will move northeast into Montana and from Montana through the Dakotas and into northern Illinois and western Michigan, according to Accuweather.
3-6 inches (8-15 cm) of snow is expected to fall in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as well as in the surrounding regions, beginning Tuesday morning.
Fargo, South Dakota, and Minneapolis were among the first places to see snowflakes fall as the storm made its way into the upper Midwest on Tuesday night. Fargo, on the other hand, may get several inches of snow, despite the fact that Minneapolis is just expecting a dusting.
According to Buckingham, this event is fantastic news for outdoor enthusiasts in northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as powdery snow will enhance trail conditions.
Snow May Disrupt Travel
Despite the fact that this storm has the potential to be a winter wonderland for some, the fact that strong winds will blow snow and impair visibility on the roads, not to mention that snow may produce some slick roads, means that this storm is dangerous.
Visitors who aren’t accustomed to the region’s winter cold are urged to keep an eye on the weather.
Because of the cold and windy conditions expected after the storm, residents and visitors to the region should dress warmly, said Buckingham, the National Weather Service meteorologist.
On Wednesday, the storm will keep moving eastward. It is expected that more moisture will be fed into this storm by the Great Lakes, resulting in lake-enhanced snowfall along its coasts, Buckingham said.
A northeasterly flow from Lake Superior is expected to generate significant snow in the high mountains around Marquette, Michigan, on Wednesday throughout the day.
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Possibilities of Snowflakes and Cold Air in the Northeast
For those who live near Lake Michigan, the swirling winds around the storm will produce a West to West Southwest flow off of the lake, Buckingham said. On Wednesday, there’s even a chance that Chicago will see a few snowflakes fall.
Only a few days have passed since the city of Chicago had its heaviest snowfall of the season. In all, 4.1 inches of snow fell on O’Hare International Airport on January 1st, making it the city’s snowiest first of the year since 1985.
Lake-enhanced snow is expected to explode downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario by Wednesday night. Buffalo, Hamburg,Rochester, and New York, in the northeastern part of the state are likely to have squally weather tonight.
Having torn across the Great Lakes, this storm will bring in new, cold air to the Northeast, setting the setup for an even bigger storm. Some locations may get a large quantity of snow from the next storm.
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