Snow Pesters the Northern Plains
By By Katie Storbeck, Meteorologist
February 01, 2011, 6:56:55 AM EST
A storm caused snow to pile up in the northern Rockies and Montana on Saturday, and it will continue to bury parts of the northern Plains today.
Steady snow will grace Montana into the Dakotas today, before reaching farther southward and eastward overnight. Around 1 to 3 inches of snow can be expected along a vast swath from central Idaho into western Wisconsin before the weekend comes to a close.
Cities and towns in South Dakota, where accumulations of 3 to 6 inches can be expected, will bear the brunt of the storm today and tonight.
Today's snowfall will be more of a nuisance rather than a major snowstorm, but it could still cause headaches for travelers both on the ground and in the air. Those flying through Billings, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Minneapolis could encounter some flight delays through tonight due to the wintry weather.
Meanwhile, travelers along portions of interstates 94, 90, 35, 29 and 25 will encounter snowcovered and hazardous road conditions as the snow accumulates.
Cold air began an assault on the northern Plains this weekend. High temperatures across the region will fail to rise out of the single digits, and even to zero degrees for some, today.
This means that any motorists that become stuck in the snow will also have to face the dangerous, life-threatening cold. Be sure to take along extra layers and a winter survival kit when venturing out into the storm.
Early this week, the system will sweep across the central Plains depositing travel-hindering ice and snow as it goes. The storm will then charge eastward, bringing another significant snowfall to parts of the Northeast at midweek.
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