More Great Lakes, Northeast snow; Plains high winds, high fire danger through late week

Next Snowmaker


Another round of April snow will blanket the Great Lakes and Northeast while strong winds lead to high fire danger in parts of the Plains the next few days.

With a southward dip in the jet stream dominating eastern North America, waves of cold air from Canada will continue to surge into the eastern states. The air has been cold enough to deposit snow in the Midwest and Northeast since last weekend, including Winter Storm Ursula Monday.

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Now we are turning our attention to another low pressure system that will bring even more snow, along with strong winds. Additional bouts of April snow are possible through this weekend after that system passes through.

Here are the forecast details on the snow and wind into this weekend.

Strong Low Pressure Brings Snow Through Midweek

The next strong area of low pressure will bring snow to locations mainly near the Canadian border Tuesday into early Thursday. Strong winds will also accompany this system. Here is a rundown of the snow and wind impacts.

Snow Timing

  • Tuesday-Tuesday night: Snow or a mixture of rain and snow impacts parts of North Dakota, northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and western Upper Michigan. Tuesday night, snow will spread into northern Lower Michigan.
  • Wednesday - Wednesday night: Snow continues in northern Michigan and spreads into Upstate New York and northern New England.
  • Accumulations: The best chance for up to 6 inches of snow is from the Arrowhead of northeast Minnesota to far northern Wisconsin and portions of both northern lower and upper Michigan.

Strong Winds, High Wildfire Danger

  • Tuesday: Wind gusts over 60 mph are possible in the High Plains of Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. The National Weather Service has posted high wind warnings for parts of those states.
  • Fire Danger: Strong winds in the Plains will create dangerous conditions for the rapid spread of wildfires on Tuesday, particularly from portions of New Mexico and west Texas, western Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Wednesday: Strong northwest winds will blast through the Plains with gusts over 50 mph at times, from the Dakotas to Oklahoma. Gusty southerly winds will also impact parts of the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes.

More Rounds of Snow Ahead?

Disturbances rotating through the southward dip in the jet stream across the East will have just enough moisture to produce additional bouts of snow into this weekend. Gusty winds will accompany these fast-moving systems, as well.

Parts of the upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Appalachians and Northeast could all see snow at times in the days ahead. That said, any potential accumulations should be light in most areas.

FORECAST: Chicago | Cincinnati | Cleveland

We are also watching for the potential of a low pressure system tracking inland or off the Northeast coast this weekend. If a significant slug of moisture from that low overlaps with the cold air, then we could see a more concentrated area of accumulating snow in some areas. For now, this seems most possible for parts of eastern New England, particularly the state of Maine.

FORECAST: Boston | Pittsburgh | Syracuse

Here are forecast maps showing where we could see snow from Thursday through Sunday.

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