Snow to spread as arctic air plunges into central US this week

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
November 06, 2018, 11:07:49 AM EST

The central United States will get a taste of winter this week as waves of arctic air plunge southward, allowing snow opportunities to arise.

In the wake of the severe weather early in the week, the door will open for waves of arctic air to start blasting into the central U.S.

Blustery winds will usher the cold air first over northern parts of the Rockies and Plains on Election Day. Voters will have to bundle up as AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be held to the single digits and teens across most of the Dakotas.


Snow creating slick spots on roads and sidewalks will make Tuesday feel even more wintery across North Dakota.

The colder air will sweep to the south and east across more of the nation's midsection at midweek with yet another arctic blast to follow late in the week.

Temperatures on Thursday may be held 10 to 25 degrees below normal in many communities across the Plains and Great Lakes. Highs are expected to range from the 20s and 30s in the northern Plains and the 40s southward to the panhandle of Texas.

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Not only will residents be turning up the thermostat and bundling up before heading outdoors, some may be dealing with snow.

"Colder air will be moving in, ultimately improving the chances for snow," said to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer.

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One such snow opportunity may arise midweek, when snow could first fall across the northern Rocky Mountains.

How fast the storm emerges from the Rockies and streaks across the Plains will determine how much snow is able to fall across the area.

"The storm has the potential to deliver several inches of snow to the central High Plains on Wednesday night and Thursday," Wimer said.

This snow looks to spread from Wyoming and northern Colorado on Wednesday evening through parts of Nebraska and Kansas through Thursday.

Even just a light dusting of snow in these regions could spell travel delays on the roads for Thursday morning and evening commutes.

The average first snowfall for northern and western Kansas is typically in mid- to late-November.

Farther south, temperatures will be marginally cold enough for snow, allowing for a mix of rain and snow in places like the Oklahoma Panhandle and Wichita, Kansas.

Airports in Denver, Wichita and Kansas City could all experience delays due to the adverse weather.

"This storm is expected to morph with a coastal storm in the mid-Atlantic later this week, likely bringing some snow to the Great Lakes or Northeast in time for the weekend," Wimer added.

Following this system, more opportunities for snow are expected to unfold across the north-central United States next weekend or early the following week.

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