Blizzard to bury north central US under heavy snow, drifts this weekend

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 10, 2019, 12:00:49 AM EST

Residents of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest who have been dealing with weeks of brutal cold are contending with another major snowstorm into Sunday morning.

The storm unleashed over half of foot of snow in portions of the Dakotas to start the weekend.

Snow will continue to spread eastward across central and northern Minnesota and into northern Wisconsin and part of northern Michigan into Sunday morning.

"Into Sunday morning, the storm will likely be at its strongest," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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"Strengthening winds will greatly lower the visibility and cause extensive blowing and drifting snow, especially at the tail end of the storm and even as the sky begins to clear," Sosnowski said.

In addition to limited visibility, roads will quickly become slick and snow-covered once snow starts falling.

Minneapolis is forecast to be on the edge of the heaviest snowfall from the storm.

Expect airline delays and low-level turbulence to spread across much of the North Central states.

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Wind gusts can exceed 50 mph, threatening to topple high-profile vehicles and leading to power outages and property damage. These winds will also limit the effectiveness of snow plowing, since new drifts can quickly obscure roadways.

Millions will wake up to fresh snow on Sunday morning. It may be difficult to measure snow totals due to extensive blowing and drifting.


Download the free AccuWeather app to check forecast snow amounts and timing in your area.

Farther south, a wintry mix will limit snow totals across portions of Wisconsin and Michigan.

In the wake of the storm on Sunday, calm, frigid conditions will settle over the Plains while gusty winds persist over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region.

A disruptively windy day is also expected across the mid-Atlantic, where gusts could reach 45 mph.

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