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    Snowstorm to unfold from Colorado to Minnesota early this week

    By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
    January 02, 2017, 11:58:29 AM EST
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    A swath of disruptive snow will expand over the north-central United States into Monday night.

    Some areas that are still digging out from the Christmas Day blizzard are going to be the target of the snowstorm during the first days of 2017.

    After unleashing frigid air and snow across the West, a storm will emerge over the Rockies and rapidly strengthen.

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    Snow began to fall across Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas and Minnesota on Sunday, and will continue to accumulate in these areas into Monday night.

    Under the bullseye of heavy snow, snowfall totals will reach 6 to 12 inches.

    The area that will most likely experience the highest snow totals from this storm will extend from North Dakota to northern Minnesota and part of Northwest Ontario.

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    The initial coating of snow will cause slippery travel on area roadways. Roads could quickly become snow packed as the snow intensifies.

    Travel could become dangerous along parts of interstates 29, 35, 90 and 94 as the snow spreads eastward. Those who are traveling home from New Year’s destinations should use caution.

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    Increasing winds will threaten to cause areas of blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility in parts of the northern Plains.

    A northward surge of mild air ahead of the storm will allow for all rain from Chicago to Detroit. This includes in St. Louis, where mild and wet conditions could disrupt the 2017 NHL Winter Classic.

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    “However, the return of colder air may produce a brief period of snow across Chicago and Detroit on Tuesday or Tuesday night,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

    In between the rain and snow areas, a bit of icy mix could cause slick conditions from portions of Iowa to Wisconsin.

    Arctic air will sweep across much of the Lower 48 from the middle to the latter part of the week.

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