Storm to drop disruptive, accumulating snow across central US into late week
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
November 08, 2018, 3:34:16 AM EST
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With cold air diving southward through the Plains, snow will fall across the country's midsection before week's end.
Severe weather earlier in the week opened the door for waves of cold, Canadian air to infiltrate the Plains.
With that cold now in place, storms emerging from the Rockies will present the opportunity for snow.
A storm that originated in the Pacific Northwest earlier this week tracked across southern Wyoming and northeastern Colorado late on Wednesday.
Through Thursday, the storm will move eastward, bringing with it a swath of snow through the southern portion of the Corn Belt.
While some areas, especially across Wyoming and Colorado, will likely get only a dusting of snow to as much as an inch, more snow is expected across the central Plains.
The storm will dig in and briefly stall in central Kansas, allowing more prolonged snow to fall in Nebraska and northern Kansas into Thursday. It's in this region that several inches of snow is likely.
For some, this will be the first snow of the season.
"Areas likely to get the most snow accumulating on the ground will be from I-80 in western Nebraska to around Goodland, Kansas," said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Rich Schraeger.
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In these areas, travel delays are likely to be the worst. Snow accumulating on any untreated surfaces could lead to slippery conditions. Snow is likely to fall during both the morning and afternoon commutes on Thursday.
Farther south and west, including in the cities of Wichita, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, temperatures will be marginally cold enough for snow. While some wet snowflakes could mix in, the dominant precipitation will be rain.
Rain will extend southward across much of Oklahoma and Texas as well.
A slight breeze, in addition to rain and snow, could bring leaves down off any changing trees.
Leaves falling to the ground could create slippery conditions on roadways and can also clog storm drains leading to urban flooding.
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This low will continue to move eastward Thursday night. With cold air on its tail, snow showers will spread northeastward.
"A swath of snow will streak across northern Missouri and even to the Midwest on Thursday night," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer.
This includes around Chicago and Milwaukee.
Overall, locations are expected to receive a light accumulation of snow from this quick-moving storm on Thursday night.
"Generally, snowfall amounts will top out around an inch or two before sunrise on Friday," Wimer added.
Despite most of the falling snow ending ahead of the morning commute, untreated surfaces could be slick on Friday morning, leading to tricky conditions in the Chicago area.
This storm will open the door to more cold across the Great Lakes for the end of the week and into next week as well.
The storm will continue to track north and east, helping to contribute to snow in the Northeast late in the week.
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