Early-week snow, blizzard conditions to create difficult travel across north-central US

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 06, 2018, 12:37:53 PM EST

The first week of March will roar in with travel-disrupting snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions across the north-central United States.

A strong storm system brought accumulating snow over the northern and central Rockies this past weekend and then shifted into the northern Plains where it brought blizzard conditions on Monday. Snow and wind will continue through early Tuesday across the Plains and Midwest.

The winds combining with the snow will lead to local whiteout and blizzard conditions, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

Blizzard conditions were reported in South Dakota on Monday afternoon as strong winds blew across the region.

Static Midwest Snowstorm Overview 9 am

Snow will blow and drift across roadways and the open landscape, making driving difficult, if not impossible, along stretches of interstates 90 and 94. Stretches of these highways were closed on Monday amid snow and strong winds.

Anyone who must travel is encouraged to pack a winter survival kit in the event they become stranded. Officials may be forced to close some roads.

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While the snow will taper Tuesday, any new snow or snow on the ground can be blown around and still reduce visibility and create treacherous travel in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Snow showers will swing across the Midwest and Great Lakes Tuesday and will create slippery travel in some areas.

The worst of the snowstorm will be over by Tuesday. However, there can still be a pocket of heavier snow that may lead to travel disruptions across the north-central U.S.

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"While the snow will gradually wind down on Tuesday, disruptions to travel and daily routines may persist longer in Minneapolis; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Bismarck as crews work to clear roads," Kristina Pydynowski said.

The southern portion of the nation's midsection will avoid snowy conditions but may face other hazards from the storm such as gusty winds and an increased wildfire threat.

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"While the snow falls to the north, winds strong enough to cause power outages and overturn high-profile vehicles along I-80 and I-70 will gradually sweep southward across the central Plains into Tuesday," Pydynowski said.

Calmer conditions are expected to return at midweek as the storm restrengthens along the Northeast coast, causing residents to face more power outages and travel disruptions.

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