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Elements of Midwest see first 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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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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