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    Snowstorm Hits Chicago, Detroit Starting Tonight

    By By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
    December 12, 2010, 6:45:03 AM EST

    While the worst of this weekend's blizzard targets areas from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa into northern Michigan, places farther south and east, including Chicago and Detroit, will also have significant impacts.

    Rain or a rain/snow mix in Chicago and Detroit will change over to all snow tonight and continue into Sunday. A general 2 to 4 inches is forecast for both cities with areas north and west picking up even higher amounts.

    At the same time, howling winds capable of gusting past 50 mph will also develop through Sunday, causing significant blowing and drifting of the snow with dangerously low visibility.

    Treacherous travel will result. Airport delays are likely in Chicago and Detroit as well with ripple effects across the country.


    Farther south and east of Chicago and Detroit, a broad 1 to 3 inches is expected along the I-80/I-90 corridor from Chicago to Syracuse, N.Y., as the storm heads eastward through Sunday.

    Similar totals are expected farther south through Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pa., Morgantown, W.Va., and higher terrain of the Virginias and Tennessee by Sunday evening.

    Visit the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center to check out the latest map of forecast snowfall totals.

    People as far south as St. Louis could see up to an inch, while snowflakes even make an appearance all the way down in Atlanta.

    In many places downwind of the Great Lakes, however, the worst conditions will actually follow this weekend's snowstorm as lake-effect snows kick up and create localized blizzards.

    More details on this next big lake-effect snow event will be released later this weekend.

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