Stripe of Snow to Whiten Cities From Omaha to Marquette

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
March 11, 2013; 8:36 PM
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A narrow band of heavy snow will drop up to a foot of accumulation on parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan through Monday.

This snow is being generated by the same storm system that produced blizzard conditions in Denver and severe weather in the southern Plains.

Snow has already dropped up to 9 inches across parts of eastern Nebraska as of Sunday afternoon. Other accumulations across this region include 6.5 inches in Fremont, Neb., 7.5 inches near Craig, Neb., 4 inches in Weston, Neb., and 9 inches in Little Sioux, Iowa.

This band of snow has impacted cities such as Des Moines, Mason City, Waterloo, La Crosse, Wausau and Marquette, bringing significant snow accumulations.

Snowfall rates even managed to approach one inch per hour from northeast Iowa through central Wisconsin, including in the cities of La Crosse and Eau Claire.

This heaviest band of snow has shifted will shift northward, bringing heavy snow to Marquette.

While this storm is expected to produce only a narrow swath of snow, residents and travelers will run into significant slowdowns on I-80, I-94, I-90 and I-35.

Snowfall totals will average 6-12 inches from near Des Moines through Waterloo, Iowa, up to La Crosse and Wausau, Wis., and throughout much of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

A few inches might even accumulate in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., though the heaviest snow will stay just south of there.

For a larger version of the snow map and more information on any winter weather watches or warnings in effect, click over to the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.

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