Heavy Snow Denver to St. Louis, Indianapolis and Dayton

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
March 23, 2013; 9:10 AM ET
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A storm that brought almost half a foot of snow around Denver Friday will nose eastward across Kansas and Missouri, reaching part of the Midwest later this weekend.

Accumulating snow will fell around the Denver metro area Friday night, falling heavy enough to slow travel on the highways and trigger flight delays.

Travel along I-25, I-70, I-76 and I-80 will be affected within or along the foothills of the Rockies.

Alyssa Alt digs her car out of the snow in Denver on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Another big snowstorm is forecast for the Denver area by Saturday, March 23, 2013. Some of the snow will melt as it falls as the storm heads farther east over the Plains and Midwest due to the time of year, but not all of it will melt according to AccuWeather.com. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The storm will then turn eastward from the central High Plains toward lower elevations over part of the Mississippi Valley.

As this happens, the width of the intense snow band will shrink so that many major metro areas may only experience wet, slushy roads at worst. However, the few cities and rural communities within that narrow intense snow band could have snow-covered roads and nasty travel even late Saturday and into Sunday.

The challenge AccuWeather.com forecasters are facing is the north-south position of that narrow band of heavy snow.

It appears the swath from Kansas City to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Dayton, Ohio and perhaps Pittsburgh is the most likely for heavy snow. Areas from Omaha and Des Moines to Chicago, Fort Wayne and Cleveland would be on the northern fringe of the lesser snow area.

Travel interests on the Plains and Midwest near the I-70 corridor should be prepared for wintry weather and slippery driving conditions.

Farther south, a mixture of rain and snow will occur from southern Kansas to southern Missouri, eastward to areas along the I-64 corridor in the Ohio Valley.

With storms like this in the spring, but in a winter weather pattern, there could be a rather abrupt northern edge to the accumulating snow from part of Nebraska to northern Illinois, northern Indiana and northern Ohio. Essentially I-80 would be the approximate northernmost extent of the snow.

Well to the south, there is the potential for flooding rain and severe thunderstorms from parts of Texas to northern Florida this weekend. Severe thunderstorms are expected reach as far north as the I-20 corridor Saturday.

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Further details on the snowstorm, flooding and severe weather potential will be made available as soon as possible on AccuWeather.com.

This story was published at 1:00 p.m. CDT, Wed., Mar. 20, 2013 and has been updated at 5:00 a.m. CDT, Sat., Mar. 23.


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