Part of the same storm that produced strong winds (a Santa Ana) in California Friday will bring snow to part of the Four Corners states this weekend and the same for part of the Plains early next week.
If people are moving out of Chicago, it may because of a lack of snow so far this season! Chicago has had only 0.5 of an inch of snow as of Dec. 16 compared to 5 inches in Amarillo, Texas. The northern Texas panhandle city will likely add to this total before Christmas.
The storm will bring a bit of snow to Flagstaff, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M. The storm will gel east of Flagstaff and should bring some snow to the heights around Albuquerque.
Amarillo, Texas, and Guymon, Okla., as well as Liberal and Dodge City, Kan., could pick up a few inches of snow.
There is the potential for half a foot of snow from Hutchinson to Topeka to Kansas City.
After making steady progress along the West Coast this week, the storm will linger along the northern Mexico/United States border in the Southwest this weekend.
In this area, the storm will begin to pull moisture in from the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, causing substantial rain and snow to break out over Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, southern Utah and southern Colorado.
Snow levels will be rather high initially, above 7,000 feet in most of the region. However, as the storm strengthens a bit and begins to roll northeastward later in the weekend, colder air will invade and snow levels will fall.
It is possible that slippery areas will develop and progress to the east over the high ground along I-40 in Arizona and New Mexico.
As snow spills out over the southern High Plains Sunday night and Monday, snow is likely to fall and accumulate in part of I-40 stretching across the northern Texas Panhandle and Route 54 reaching northeastward into southern Kansas.
Meteorologist Meghan Evans has travel weather details.
A narrowing band of heavy accumulating snow is forecast to extend to the northeast across Kansas, pointing toward Kansas City, Mo. The storm will start as rain in much of this swath.
Farther to the northeast, the stripe of accumulating snow will be entering a more hostile environment with marginal temperature conditions and a past-peak storm from eastern Missouri through the Ohio Valley states.
The Storm in the Midwest and Northeast
As AccuWeather.com meteorologists see it now, the storm will have two main episodes when it delivers substantial snow.
One is over the Southwest onto the southern High Plains as previously discussed in this story.
Another is after the storm reaches the eastern Great Lakes then spins off a second, strengthening storm over the coastal Northeast Wednesday into Thursday.
In between, the two strong episodes of the storm, only a bit of snow will fall or a rain snow mix in the swath from Chicago to Detroit with rain to the south.
However, portions of northern upstate New York and northern New England to New Brunswick could be treated to a hefty amount of snow, thanks to a reorganizing storm, fresh Atlantic Ocean moisture and just enough cold air. Even with this scenario, it will be a rain event for much of the I-95 swath.
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