Saturday Snowstorm Follows Upper Midwest Warmth

November 25, 2011; 5:45 AM ET
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Parts of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan may look like this for a time this weekend, despite record-challenging warmth to start. Photo by Tyler Olson, photos.com

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.

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