Snow to create swath of slippery travel across central US into Sunday

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 18, 2018, 12:07:18 AM EST

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A narrow batch of snow will streak from the central Plains to the lower Great Lakes through Sunday morning, creating areas of slippery travel.

The snow is being triggered by a new push of cold air from Canada. A weak storm is riding along the leading edge of the cold air.

On the heels of the snow that swept from the Dakotas to the lower Great Lakes Friday into Saturday, more snow will streak from near the border of Nebraska and Kansas to northern Ohio through early Sunday morning.

The snow will affect Lincoln, Nebraska; Peoria, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio. After sunset, the snow band should press south of Downtown Chicago to the suburbs.

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A general coating to an inch or two of snow is forecast for these areas. A few locations, especially west of the Mississippi River, may pick up 3 or 4 inches.

"While this might not seem like much, even a coating of snow is enough, given temperatures near the freezing mark, to create slippery conditions at a time when some people have already begun their Thanksgiving travel journey," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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For the details on the timing and amount of snow expected for your area, download the free AccuWeather app.

This is enough snow to trigger deicing operations that may push airlines behind schedule a bit. Airline passengers should expect minor delays.


Keep in mind, because of the big storm in the Northeast spanning Thursday to Friday, many aircraft and crews have been displaced and the ripple effect from this may linger into the weekend.

Be sure to check with your airline, before heading to the airport for possible changes to your flight.

Along the western fringe of the snow band, a bit of snow and freezing drizzle can coat untreated roads and create slick conditions for motorists in Denver through Saturday evening.

Motorists and those traveling by foot should also be advised of freezing drizzle and slippery spots from Kansas City, Missouri, to Wichita, Kansas, and the northern and western suburbs of Oklahoma City.

On Sunday, the main band of snow will streak into northern Pennsylvania and southern New York State and deliver a coating to an inch in some communities. While there can be some slippery spots during the morning, most paved surfaces should be wet during the afternoon hours.

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