Snow Piles Up from Montana to Missouri

January 22, 2011; 6:03 AM
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A storm will dive across the nation's midsection this weekend, blanketing a vast portion of the Plains and Rockies with a disruptive snowfall.

Before the weekend comes to a close, cities and towns including Rapid City, S.D., Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., will face the harsh winter weather. Snow will also overspread the central Rockies, with up to half a foot of snow falling over the higher peaks in Colorado.

Through tonight, a swath from Montana to northern Missouri can expect accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow, with as much as half a foot of snow along a zone from southeastern South Dakota to far northeastern Missouri. Missouri will then bear the brunt of the snowfall on Sunday, when another couple of inches is likely.

The snow will set the stage for travel troubles through the weekend. Portions of Interstates 90, 80, 70, 35 and 29 could become snow covered and hazardous at times.

Strong winds will roar over the High Plains along the back side of this storm. On top of ushering a shot of colder air into the area, gusts past 40 mph could lead to blowing and drifting snow.

The wind-whipped snow will reduce visibility, and could also create an uphill battle for crews working to keep the roads clear even after the snow starts to taper off.

The snowstorm will work its way into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early next week. Enough cold air could be in place for a wintry mix of rain and snow to make roads slushy and slick from Little Rock, Ark., to Huntsville, Ala., as well.

Into the middle of the week, the storm could unleash a significant snowfall over the mid-Atlantic and New England.

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