Blizzard Warnings – Midwest

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Blizzard Warnings are in effect for a significant part of the Midwest…from Western Nebraska up into S. Dakota and east to Minnesota.  The storm will spread some snow from the Rockies to Michigan with the heaviest snow – likely over a foot – in the Blizzard warned areas.  Here’s the U.S. Hazards Map:

 
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This storm has the potential to close down some major interstate highways (I-80 in Nebraska – I 90 and 94 from Minneapolis to the west. 

A Winter Storm Watch (which will go to a warning) will be in effect for much of Upper Michigan, where up to 10″ of snow is expected along with 40 mph wind gusts. 

A mix of rain and snow is expected Weds. evening into Thurs. AM across W. Michigan with areas north of a line from Holland to Jackson getting 1-4″ of snow.  The Thurs. AM commute will be affected.  And…we get briefly into the warm sector from the G.R. area to the south, bringing the possibility of thunderstorms along the cold front in the evening. 

Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook Area from the Storm Predicdtion Center for Thursday PM/Night.  There is a Slight Risk Area (in yellow) in E. Illinois and W. Indiana.  The Marginal Risk (in dark green) is up to the Indiana border.  General (not severe) storms are expected over Lower Michigan.  I’ll continue to track this to see if the Slight/Marginal Risk Areas are expanded later today or tomorrow. 

So…we could see snow early Thursday and storms late Thursday. 

Another storm is possible around the 14th-15th. 

Here’s the latest Grand Rapids NWS forecast discussion

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