A week after a storm dropped a foot of snow on some locations from the northern Plains to the western Great Lakes, another snowstorm is heading for part of the same region Saturday.
The storm has the potential to bring icy and snow-covered roads, despite record warmth in the region into Friday.
While odds favor much less snow over a smaller area, gusty winds on the back side of the storm can make up for a lack of snow.
Meteorologist Heather Buchman details the storm as it pushes inland from the Northwest and through the northern Rockies and High Plains Friday into Saturday.
This weekend's storm will hardly sneak across the Dakotas. Northwest winds can gust to near 60 mph in some locations. Any snow in the western and central parts of the Dakotas is likely to be more like flurries.
However, the storm will regain its composure in the snow category as it moves eastward and is able to draw upon some Gulf of Mexico moisture.
A swath of 3- to 6-inch snowfall may develop as far west as near part of the Red River of the North but is likely to extend across northern Minnesota, northernmost Wisconsin and part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The heavy snow will extend into part of northwestern Ontario Saturday night into Sunday, where some locations will receive 15 or more cm.
Saturday's weather map over the Midwest.
Over part of the snow area, the plunging temperatures and gusty winds could make for near-blizzard conditions for a time, if the storm re-strengthens quickly enough.
Like last week, this storm can make for very slippery travel and accidents in the Twin Cities area, Duluth and other locations, especially where falling temperatures occur with the snow, after some rain early. There is a risk of a rapid freeze-up with this storm.
The storm is riding a push of colder air that will erase record-challenging warmth into Friday.
While the cold will not be anything earth-shattering, it will bring temperatures 20 to 30 degrees lower compared to warm levels Thanksgiving Day. Certainly, it will be cold enough for snow to fall and ice to form on untreated roads.
People hitting the road this weekend along part of the I-35 and I-94 corridors may want to do so ahead of the storm Friday or wait until Sunday.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Sandra remains on track to make landfall in northern Mexico on Saturday, but it will be much weaker than its current hurricane status.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Wet weather with areas of ice and snow will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential to cause flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
O'Fallon, MD (1990)
Strong downburst from a thunderstorm caused an apartment to collapse, injuring 25 people.
New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.
Second heavy snowfall in three days hits the region with 12 inches on the ground in NJ; 14 inches in NY; greatest November snow in New England since 1898.