Snowstorm to Hit Minneapolis to Chicago

December 20, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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An early week snowstorm will hit areas of the Midwest that were ravaged by a blizzard just a week ago. This new snowstorm will not pack as much of a punch, but it will lay down enough snow to disrupt travel all the way to Virginia.

The storm system that will spread the snow will emerge from the Rockies on Monday.

Due to the fast movement of the storm and it being less intense than the blizzard that struck last week, snowfall amounts will not be as significant.

The snow has already started reaching the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa Monday morning. From there, the snow will continue to spread southward and eastward to Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and central Kentucky through the afternoon.

The corridor expected to receive the heaviest snow will be narrow, with 3-6 inches expected from the border of the Dakotas to northwestern Illinois. Roads will become slippery and snow-covered in this area.

Minneapolis will get hit by the heaviest snow.

This may be the last news that residents of Minneapolis want to hear following a record-setting, two-day December snowfall of 17.5 inches just a week ago. The snow total from that blizzard also ranks as the fifth-biggest snowfall of all-time for the city.

Chicago will not get hit as hard, with 1-3 inches of snow forecast from the early week storm.

There could be flight delays and cancellations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well as the Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the Indianapolis International Airport by Monday afternoon.

Some mixing with sleet and freezing rain in Indianapolis will hold snow totals down, but will lead to extremely treacherous travel on the ground, too.

Milder air surging out ahead of the storm's center will rush up and over colder air at the surface, leading to some sleet and freezing rain mixing in with snow from eastern Nebraska to southern Indiana.

As another snowstorm backs up into New England early in the week, the snow from the system spreading eastward across the country will be diverted southward and southeastward to Virginia by Tuesday afternoon.

Detroit, Mich., Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Washington, D.C., are among the cities that will get some snow from the storm on Tuesday.


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