Winter storm Argos to bring blizzard conditions to northern US this weekend

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Winter Storm Argos, is already producing blizzard conditions in parts of the Northern Plains, and will spread heavy snow and strong winds into the Great Lakes and interior Northeast into this weekend.

Blizzard warnings have been posted for parts of eastern South Dakota, southeast North Dakota and western Minnesota. Winter storm warnings stretch from the Rockies to northern Minnesota.

Argos is currently blanketing parts of the Rockies and northern High Plains with snow as the system intensifies.

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Locally, 12 to 17 inches of snow had fallen in parts of Wyoming and southern Montana as of Thursday evening, local time.

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A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on Jan. 23, snowfall totals were approaching records in several states, and hurricane-force winds were battering the coastlines and leading to serious flooding. The storm was expected to continue through the morning of Jan. 24.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm system at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23. It was composed through the use of the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects faint light signals such as city lights, moonlight, airglow, and auroras. In the image, the clouds are lit from above by the nearly full Moon and from below by the lights of the heavily populated East Coast. The city lights are blurred in places by cloud cover.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man use a skiing on a snow covered street in Manhattan in New York on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks in the center of a snow-covered residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOT - A man lays in a pile of snow in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 23: Waves crash on the beach on January 23, 2016 in Cape May, New Jersey. A major snowstorm is upon the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive over a foot of snow. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Nuns from the Fraternite Notre-Dame in Chicago, Illinois are covered in newly fallen snow as they walk along Constitution Avenue while snow begins to accumulate January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Snow covers cars parked in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man pushing a snow plough during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks on snow covered Thomas Circle in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The White House is seen during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People cross 15ht Street during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Homeless covers from the snow in Central park on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a restaurant during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 40 as an overhead sign indicates 'Winter Weather Warning In Effect' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting a possible one to two feet of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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The first snow of the season fell in the Salt Lake City metro area early Thursday, with some enhancement by wind flow over the Great Salt Lake, slickening roads for the Thursday morning commute in some areas. At Salt Lake City International Airport, 0.3 inches of snow was measured.

Accidents and slide offs from the snow forced closures on portions of Interstate 70 in the Colorado Rockies Thursday morning. Interstate 80 in Wyoming was also closed around lunchtime Thursday between Cheyenne and Laramie.

Denver saw its first snow of the season, beginning just before noon on Thursday. As of 5 p.m. local time, 0.7 inches had been measured at Denver International Airport.

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Argos will now track from the central Plains to northern Great Lakes through Friday while intensifying. Locations northwest of where that low-pressure system tracks will see accumulating snow.

High winds may lead to white-outs and blizzard conditions in the northern Plains, leading to major impacts along Interstate 80 through western and central Nebraska and Interstate 90 through southeastern South Dakota.

In addition, Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Fargo, North Dakota, and Interstates 94 and 35 in Minnesota will also experience very rough conditions.

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1. Insulate walls and attics against drafts.

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2. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.

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3. Replace damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during a winter storm.

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4. Clear your gutters.

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5. Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house or your neighbor's.

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6. Wrap water pipes in your basement and crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.

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7. Turn off exterior faucets as these pipes can burst if they freeze.

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8. Drain your irrigation system.

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9. Have a contractor check your roof to see if it can sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.

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10. Avoid ice dams - where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. To avoid ice dams: Ventilate your attic. Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of rising heat. Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

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11. Divert water by adding extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.

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12. Tune up your heating system to avoid waiting in line for repairs on a cold day.

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This weekend, a secondary area of low pressure may form over the interior Northeast or eastern Canada, producing a round of snow in the interior Northeast and Great Lakes snowbelts.

Here's the general timing for the snowfall as Argos moves east, followed by a look at possible accumulations.

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Friday Forecast

Friday, snow will blanket the eastern Dakotas, central Nebraska and northern Minnesota. As the surface low intensifies, strong north to northwest winds could produce blizzard conditions in open country. Travel could become increasingly treacherous and some road closures are possible.

Friday night, snow and strong winds will persist in the Arrowhead of Minnesota, far northern Wisconsin and spread into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Snow will end in the northern Plains.

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This Weekend

This weekend, a multi-day period of lake-effect/lake-enhanced snow is likely over the Great Lakes snowbelts – the first real such event this season – as a gyre of low pressure taps cold air from Canada.

A lake-effect snow watch is already in effect for southwestern New York state from Saturday evening through Monday morning.

Moisture wrapping around that secondary, sprawling Québec low will also wring out snow not just over the higher elevations of the Northeast, but also in some lower elevations of the interior from West Virginia to the Mohawk Valley and northern New England. This snow is expected to continue through Monday in some areas.

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How Much Snow Will Fall?

Northern Plains

The heaviest snow is expected over a swath of northern and western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota.

Over a foot of snow may pile up in a few parts of northern Minnesota.

More moderate snow totals are expected to the west over the central and western Dakotas into western and central Nebraska.

As mentioned earlier, high winds coupled with falling snow may lead to blizzard conditions, at times, particularly over open country. Expect road closures, including sections of major interstates.

Northeast/Great Lakes

The potential heaviest snow accumulations this weekend through Monday are targeting higher elevations of northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, New York state, northwest Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as the eastern Great Lakes snowbelts.

Some locally heavy accumulations can't be ruled out in the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan northern snowbelts, as well.

Winds near the Lake Superior shore Saturday could produce whiteout conditions, at times.

Some accumulations are also possible in some larger cities outside of the areas of heaviest lake-effect, lake-enhanced snow from northeast Ohio to the upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York.

No accumulations are expected along the I-95 corridor from Maine to Virginia.

An Abrupt Reality Check

This will certainly be a big change after October and early November's record warmth across the Rockies, Plains and upper Midwest.

For many cities east of the Rockies, this would be the season's first accumulating snow. Here's a list of the average first date of accumulating snow in those locations:

Cheyenne, Wyoming: October 2
Lander, Wyoming: September 30
Rapid City, South Dakota: October 16
Bismarck, North Dakota: October 26
Fargo, North Dakota: November 2
International Falls, Minnesota: October 18
Marquette, Michigan: October 13

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LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Anastasiya Calkins walks through snow covered trees at Belmar Park in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: People try to push a car that got stuck along Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Eric Serrano, left, and Art Tellez puts on chains on their garbage truck, February, 02, 2016. The two garbage men were sliding all over the road when they decided to chain up for the rest of their route in Lakewood. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as Rob Smith clears his driveway outside his home in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Icicles form on a porch awning near Colorado Blvd and Cornell Ave during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Exhausted from shoveling sidewalks, Tre Schlegel, 5, left, and his father Jon, make snow angels in their front yard near Warren Ave and Madison St. during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Snowfall Totals From Argos, So Far

Here are the top snow totals by state from Winter Storm Argos, as of Thursday evening.

Wyoming: 17 inches near Pahaska
​Montana: 16 inches near Red Lodge
Colorado: 12.5 inches near Skyway
Utah: 9 inches near Grand County Airport
Idaho: 7.5 inches near Island Park
Nebraska: 5.0 inches near Harrison
South Dakota: 4.5 inches near Lead

Be sure to check back with weather.com for updates on Winter Storm Argos throughout the weekend.

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