Storm drops foot of snow in Dakotas, Iowa

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Elements of Midwest see first snowstorm of season – Information – NorthJersey.

Even as the first flakes floated to the ground on Friday morning, the storm was looking like an over-performer that would exceed many snow total forecasts. 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. 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. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected in the heaviest snow bands through the afternoon, which extend in an arc from north central Nebraska to eastern Iowa. 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. 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.

There is a lot of dry air that wrapped down into the U.S. from the north behind the last central U.S. storm (which is still trekking through the East Coast on Thursday), so it appears the big moisture has already been tapped in the Midwest. Models are suggesting the highest snowfall totals in Iowa will range anywhere from 8 to 12 inches, with the Thursday morning GFS being on the high side of things. Through Saturday, snow totals may reach as high as 12 inches in the northern Illinois counties, including the city of Rockville, though totals should be lower in Chicago which is very close to the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan.

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