Big Snow on the Way for Midwest, High Plains


Just a few days after much of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin picked up their first accumulating snowfalls of the year, a significant snowstorm is set to wallop the region with up to a foot of snow to start the work week.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota could see as much as a foot of snowfall between late Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Other cities that could be significantly impacted by this system include Aberdeen and Brookings, South Dakota; Des Moines and Sioux City, Iowa; St. Cloud and Alexandria, Minnesota and Omaha and Norfolk, Nebraska, where as much as eight inches of fall along with some ice in parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa in particular.

A potent upper-level low will move east overnight, spreading snow first into the Dakotas and then into Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa Monday morning. The snow is expected to be heavy and wet as in many spots temperatures will hover around the freezing mark of 32°. The snow moves northeast mostly into Canada by Tuesday, but not after dropping up to a foot (if not a bit more in some localized areas in southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota) of snow for the region’s first significant snowfall of the season.

Minneapolis received about an inch of snow on Thanksgiving, which tied for the seventh-latest first snowfall on record in the Twin Cities.

Light sleet and freezing rain on the storm’s southern fringes could slicken commutes in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa along with far southern South Dakota and Minnesota, mostly on Monday morning. Ice amounts are generally expected to stay under a quarter of an inch, although that is enough to create a layer of ice that will make travel difficult on affected roadways. Be extra cautious if driving through any ice-covered roadways.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this snow and ice event.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover photo: File


Widespread Power Outages in Oklahoma Following Ice Storm


An ice storm left thousands in Oklahoma without power on Saturday as a long duration ice event left much of the state’s major roadways impassible.

As of Saturday evening, nearly 90,000 customers, many of which were in or around Oklahoma City, were without power in the state of Oklahoma, the area hardest hit by the storm. Interstate-40, the primary east-west thoroughfare through the state, was closed west of Oklahoma City for much of the day on Saturday due to downed power lines, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Twitter page. Several other roadways were closed or slowed due to the slick freezing rain and sleet combination.

Up to half an inch of ice fell between Friday and Saturday across the Texas panhandle into Oklahoma, with more expected Saturday night and through early Sunday. The worst of the freezing rain and sleet, however, appears to be over as the area of low pressure responsible for the wintry weather started to push further east during the day on Saturday and is expected to slowly move further away Sunday and Monday. Only light additional accumulations are expected, although those could be enough to hamper already hard-hit areas.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this developing story.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @MeredithFox25 via Fox 25 Oklahoma


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