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Snowstorm kicks off April from Montana to Michigan

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 03, 2018, 9:50:00 AM EDT


More disruptive snow is set to streak from the northern Plains to the Great Lakes during the first few days of April.

"Yet another disruptive storm will bring snow to the Great Plains and Great Lakes as winter refuses to relinquish its grip," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

On the heels of the quick-hitting Easter snowstorm, this next storm can bring a longer-duration snow event to areas farther to the north.

Upper Midwest Snow 3 am Tues Static

Snow will continue to fall from Montana to northern Wisconsin and spread across northern Michigan and into central Ontario through Tuesday morning. During Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night, the heaviest snowfall will occur from the Upper Midwest to central Ontario and part of western Quebec.

Several inches of snow will pile up along the storm's track. Isolated amounts to a foot or more are possible from southern Minnesota into the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This includes in Minneapolis and Green Bay.

Snow Totals Midwest 3 am Tues Static

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"Travel delays will be likely as roads can become slick," Rossio said.

This includes stretches of interstates 25, 29, 35, 75, 90 and 94. Motorists may also face reduced visibility where gusty winds lead to blowing and drifting snow. Flight delays and cancellations may ensue.

Poor travel conditions can lead to school closures and other disruptions to daily routines.

Static Snowfall Tuesday to Thursday 3 pm


As is typical this time of year, the highest snow amounts will be measured on grassy and elevated surfaces.

Light snow struggles to stick to roads and sidewalks from the mid-morning to the afternoon due to the strong April sun. Snow can more easily adhere to these surfaces at night.

However, even during the day, heavily falling snow can overcome the effects of the sun and lead to slushy and slick conditions.

Road temperatures are also lower than normal from northern Montana to northern Minnesota due to the recent frigid stretch, which might mitigate some of the effects of the sun.

Latest indications point toward mostly rain for Detroit, Chicago and points southward. However, the rain may end as a period of wet snow in both of these cities, but little or no accumulation is expected.

While there can a wintry mix at the storm's onset across interior portions of New England, mainly rain is in store for the Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday as the snow spreads into Canada.

Any lingering wet spots in the lower Great Lakes can turn icy on Tuesday night as temperatures plummet below freezing.

"This storm will pull a reinforcing shot of cold air out of Canada, keeping temperatures well below average for the majority of the Midwest and Great Lakes this week," Rossio said.

Many of the same areas receiving snow will have multiple days of temperatures struggling or failing to reach the freezing mark this week.

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