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Far-reaching winter storm possible this weekend
Winter may be making its first widespread appearance in the USA starting on Friday. A winter storm system is forecast to develop in the Plains and move across the northern parts of the country into early next week. This storm could bring snow and icy roads to a broad swath from the Plains, through the Midwest, and into the Northeast.
MODEL GRAPHIC: GFS snow totals through Monday
MODEL GRAPHIC: NAM snow totals through Saturday
While the GFS model may be overdoing the snow totals, I believe that snow, freezing temperatures and icy roads are likely across a wide area through next week. The storm begins Friday and Saturday, affecting the mountains and high Plains of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana and the central Plains region including Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Oklahoma/Texas panhandles. The snow and freezing temperatures then move into the Midwest, affecting Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. By Monday and Tuesday, the storm moves into the northern Appalachians, threatening Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states. The Appalachian mountain regions could see snow as far south as North Carolina.
I will be tracking this system and posting running updates to the blog here and on icyroadsafety.com as it develops and moves across the country. An on-location 'winter storm' chase is also possible.
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