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Another wintry, windy storm to pummel the midwestern US at midweek

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 18, 2018, 10:19:49 PM EDT

With a massive, late-season snowstorm fresh in the memory of Midwesterners, another storm will spread locally heavy snow across part of the central United States at midweek.

Around Chicago, the northern suburbs, northward to Milwaukee will receive the most snow from this storm.

Snow accumulations topped 10 inches across parts of northern Iowa on Wednesday afternoon before the snow shifted eastward.

“With the high April sun and temperatures near freezing, the snow will have difficulty accumulating on roads," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

“However, in heavier bands of snow, roads may become snow-covered, even during the daylight hours.”

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Light snow can more easily stick to paved surfaces at night when temperatures are below freezing. Anyone with early morning commutes or exercise routines will need to be especially cautious of slick roads and sidewalks before, during and shortly after sunrise.

While heavy accumulation is not expected on roadways, motorists throughout the Midwest will face strong winds and limited visibility due to blowing snow for the duration of this storm, regardless of the time of day.

Power outages are also a threat as a result of locally gusty winds.

Wind and snow could combine to cause airline delays in and out of Minneapolis and other airports in the region as well.

This month is already the snowiest April on record in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Minneapolis, both of which are expected to receive accumulating snow.

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Parts of northern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin will receive the highest snowfall amounts as the storm sweeps through.

A surge of cool air is poised to spill into the region following the snow and last through at least the end of the week, although forecast high temperatures are above freezing levels. While peeks of sunshine will accelerate melting snow on Thursday and Friday, overnight black ice conditions may lend to travel issues during the early morning hours.

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