Storm Blankets Parts of Midwest With More Than Foot of Snow

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First wintry storm of the season blankets parts of Midwest with foot of snow; more on the way.

CHICAGO (AP) — The first significant wintry storm of the season blanketed parts of the Midwest with a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous conditions as some travelers prepared to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting snow and ice covering roads in northwestern Illinois as the season’s first winter storm rolls in. While winter has not officially begun, the shovels and snow blowers were out from South Dakota through southern Minnesota, Iowa and southern Wisconsin to northern Illinois and Indiana.

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. New totals were not yet available for the Chicago area although south of the city only an inch fell, while O’Hare airport had 4 inches by midnight Friday. 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. The snow is expected to continue Saturday through Illinois, Indiana and Michigan but the front will move into Canada by Sunday, the weather service says.

But don’t look for it to be the picturesque light, fluffy snow that often occurs in the dead of winter, he said — much of it will be wet and heavy. 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. The Illinois Tollway, which maintains interstate tollways in 11 counties of the state, said it had 185 snowplows ready to go and 84,000 tons of salt stockpiled for the winter.

He said his dog was having fun in the snow once he got home from work – meanwhile, he was just staring at his driveway, trying to figure out how to start tackling the task at hand. (Give him a follow on twitter: @BrianKirkWX) Already through noon there had been reports of 8-10″ of snow just south of Sioux Falls near Tea, SD as a heavy band set up across the region. For example, Thursday was the first time Minneapolis saw a temperature of 30 degrees this season, the latest that has ever occurred on record going back to 1873. We’ll have a close eye on it as it could bring a wintry mix just in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 2001: Record highs are set in west and north central Minnesota, ranging from the upper fifties to lower sixties. Temperatures will be a bit warmer for the border battle Vikings/Packers game on Sunday, with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s with a few more clouds in the sky. First, the band of 1″+ of liquid across the Midwest and Great Lakes is the sign of the on-going snow storm across the area, expected to push out by Sunday.

Above is a model depiction of weather for Wednesday around noon, already bringing a chance of rain here into the Twin Cities and snow to parts of northern Minnesota. Apparently Mother Nature will spare the east coast for the most part though, with New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other under high pressure – no weather causing delays there.

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