Much to the delight of those in the holiday spirit but to the displeasure of travelers, the stage is set for heavy snow to spread from Colorado to the Upper Midwest into Thursday.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski discusses many impacts of the upcoming storm over the Midwest in "Big Pre-Holiday Midwest Blizzard."
The snow began it's journey across the United States Tuesday into Tuesday night, spreading from the Sierra to the southern Rockies.
Denver will get hit by wind-swept snow with blowing and drifting expected today. Snow will also streak eastward to the central Plains.
Blizzard conditions will develop with damaging winds, blowing snow and whiteout conditions across eastern Colorado and western portions of Kansas and Nebraska today. Northeastern Kansas to Iowa may be dealing with blizzard conditions Wednesday night, before the harshest conditions spread from Iowa to Wisconsin on Thursday.
Snow amounts will steadily increase as one heads northeastward from Kansas and eastern Nebraska to Michigan with the highest amounts likely to be up to a foot and a half!
Latest indications put the corridor from eastern Iowa to northern Michigan under the gun for the heaviest snow totals.
It is not just the heavy snow that will create a nightmare for travelers across the Upper Midwest, but also gusty winds whipping the snow around and reducing visibility.
The winds will be howling on the snowstorm's backside and driving noticeably colder air deep into the southern Plains and South. Before the cold air rushes into the South and Southeast, severe storms are expected Wednesday night and Thursday.
Be sure to keep checking back with AccuWeather.com as more details of this impending snowstorm and the threat for severe weather unfold.
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