Parts of Midwest see by 1st snowstorm of winter season

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Elements of Midwest put together for 1st snowstorm of season – Information – NorthJersey.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Millions of people will feel the effects — to varying degrees — of the first significant wintry storm of the season, which is forecast to bring up to a foot of snow to parts of the Midwest.

Iowa and northern Illinois are bracing for some of the largest snow totals, but several states are under a winter storm warning or watch, the National Weather Service said Friday. Residents of Chicago, Des Moines, Iowa, and Saginaw, Mich., can all expect enough snow to require shoveling and plowing, according to AccuWeather forecasts. The storm system is moving east and will last through Saturday evening when it tails through Michigan, according to Richard Otto, lead forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. Already, southern South Dakota saw significant snowfall and poor traveling conditions Friday morning, with a foot or more of snow expected by the time it tapers off. Tractor-trailers pulled off slow-moving interstates to park for the day, said Bret Brown, a cashier at Roadway Express truck stop in Sioux Falls. “A lot of people complaining about it, nobody wants to be out in it,” he said. “Interstates are down to 10 miles per hour, the side streets are blocked and there’s a lot of cars in ditches everywhere.” In central and eastern Iowa, road conditions were deteriorating around the state Friday evening as they became covered in snow or ice.

Weekend snowfall will likely affect residents throughout the state of Michigan, but drivers in the Upper Peninsula especially should be aware of potentially dangerous road conditions, forecasters say. Snowy, cold weather hit northern Michigan on Thursday, causing hazardous driving conditions on US highway 41 and elsewhere, according to state police. Winter storm watches are in effect for the Lower Peninsula from Friday evening to Sunday – five to eight inches of snow is forecasted for the western side of the state.

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