Blizzard warnings continue as Winter Storm Quid pushes through Plains, upper Midwest

By: Chris Dolce, The Weather Channel

Winter Storm Quid may bring blizzard conditions to parts of the Plains and Midwest, dumping over a foot of snow in areas that recently smashed record highs the past several days.

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Blizzard warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, extreme southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.

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A jogger wearing shorts runs in the snow at the beginning of a winter nor'easter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Snow begins to cover sailboats as a jogger makes his way along the Charles River at the beginning of a winter nor'easter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A pedestrian walks through a winter nor'easter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A worker shovels snow in Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker shovels snow in Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A snow covered statue is seen in Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk through Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker shovels snow in Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker shovels snow outside the Times Square subway station during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A train arrives as commuters head to work at the Huntington train station as a blizzard hits the New York Area on February 9, 2017 in Huntington, New York.Following a day of 60 degree temperatures, the Northeast is expected to receive a significant snowfall throughout the day. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Commuters climb the snow filled stairs as they head to work and workers clean at the Huntington train station as a blizzard hits the New York Area on February 9, 2017 in Huntington, New York.Following a day of 60 degree temperatures, the Northeast is expected to receive a significant snowfall throughout the day. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
A taxi cab moves through Times Square during a winter storm, February 9, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A commuter heads to work in the snow at the Huntington train station as a blizzard hits the New York Area on February 9, 2017 in Huntington, New York.Following a day of 60 degree temperatures, the Northeast is expected to receive a significant snowfall throughout the day. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
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Winter storm warnings stretch from Wyoming to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, including parts of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

Happening Now

Moderate snow is currently falling from Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota eastward into portions of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Thundersnow was reported early Friday morning in parts of the northern Lower Michigan, including Kalkaska and Interlochen and in Wisconsin near Wausau. Lincoln, Nebraska reported thundersnow on Thursday evening.

Blizzard conditions were reported late Thursday night in Mason City, Iowa and Forest City, Iowa.

Drifting snow and poor visibility with winds already gusting over 35 mph prompted the shut down of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming from Laramie to Rawlins early Thursday morning.

An avalanche near the Snowbird Ski Area southeast of Salt Lake City buried cars on Thursday evening, but nobody was hurt.

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(Original Caption) Youngsters frolicking through the snow in Central Park as New York's skyscrapers in the background form this picture postcard setting during today's snowstorm. The East Coast from Northern Virginia to Boston is cowering under the winter's worst snowstorm, lashed out of the skies with stinging 35MPH winds. The blizzard is expected to leave New York in the afternoon with an accumulation of 8 to 10 inches in its wake.
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1894: View of men and women ice skating on a frozen pond in Central Park, New York City, looking towards the Hotel Majestic and the Dakota apartment buildings on Central Park West. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 28: Sledders take to the slopes in Central Park at Pilgrim's Hill, after the city was covered with a blanket of snow. (Photo by Tom Watson/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 05: Snow scenes in Central Park. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Children sledding on a snow covered path in Central Park, New York City, ca. 1900.
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 19: A couple pauses for a cigarette in snowy Central Park. (Photo by Phil Greitzer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) This is a general view of the southwest entrance of Central Park after New York was greeted with its first December snow. Pigeons in foreground seem to take the weather change is stride. A six-inch fall was predicted.
(Original Caption) 1/4/42-New York: The first real snowstorm of the winter which blanketed the New York area couldn't dampen the spirit of these horseback riding enthusiasts, who are shown on the riding path in Central Park this morning. BPA2 #3300
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Forecast Timing

Low pressure will take a classic winter storm track from the central Plains to the Great Lakes Friday, then into eastern Canada Saturday. On the northwest side of where the low-pressure center tracks will be a swath of accumulating snow and wind.

Here is our latest timeline.

Friday Into Early Saturday

  • Snow and strong winds will persist in a swath from Nebraska into parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
  • Winds gusting over 40 mph, at times, and lowering visibilities are likely to significantly affect travel in this swath.
  • Blizzard conditions are possible across parts of Iowa, southern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.
  • Heavy, wind-driven snow will continue in parts of the Upper Midwest Friday night, and the western Great Lakes Saturday before tapering off.
  • Severe storms are possible from the southern Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley.
  • Lighter snow and snow showers are possible as far south as northern Kansas, northern Missouri and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area.

Some sleet or freezing rain may reach as far east as northern Maine late Friday or Saturday, but the rest of the East will see rain and even thunderstorms.

How Much Additional Snow:

At least 6 inches of additional snow is likely from southeastern Minnesota into central and northeastern Wisconsin, as well as Upper Michigan and northern Lower Michigan.
Total snow accumulations of a foot or more are expected in parts of southeastern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area may see a rather sharp north-to-south gradient in snowfall totals. Heavier snow is more likely in the city's southern suburbs than the northern metro area.

(CITIES: Minneapolis | Sioux Falls, South Dakota | Green Bay, Wisconsin)



Winds:

Winds will gust over 40 mph in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.

These winds will be strongest in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes from into Saturday.



Snowfall Reports, Updated: 5 a.m. CST Friday

  • California: 16.5 inches in Tahoe City
  • Colorado: 12.0 inches near Trail Ridge
  • Idaho: 8.1 inches in Pocatello
  • Iowa: 8.2 inches in Sergeant Bluff
  • Michigan: 6.2 inches in Paulding
  • Minnesota: 12.7 inches in Mapleton; 6.0 inches near Rochester
  • Nebraska: 22.0 inches in Alliance and 17.5 inches in Scotts Bluff; Ice accumulated up to 0.22 inches in Hastings
  • Nevada: 15 inches in Paradise Valley
  • South Dakota: 6.8 inches near Tea
  • Utah: 15.0 inches near Whiterocks
  • Wisconsin: 8.0 inches near Elk Creek; 3.1 inches in Green Bay
  • Wyoming: 22.5 inches in Torrington; 16.0 inches in Casper

Paltry U.S. Snow Cover

Snow cover across the country is currently low for late-February standards, partially thanks to the widespread warmth we are seeing.

Just 20.4 percent of the Lower 48 was covered by snow as of Feb. 19, according to NOAA's National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC). That's the lowest amount of coverage for that date in the short period of record that begins in 2004.

The average snow cover across the Lower 48 for Feb. 19, during the 13 years for which records exist in the database, is 35 percent.

Minneapolis/St. Paul hasn't seen an inch or more of snow since it recorded 2.2 inches on Jan. 25. Some accumulating snow from this next system is not out of the question in the Twin Cities, depending on this storm's ultimate track.

Chicago hasn't picked up an inch or more of snow yet in 2017, and last saw more than an inch of snow Dec. 16-18 when it received 3.4 inches. Therefore, Monday was Chicago's 65th consecutive day since a one-inch snowfall, the longest such snow drought in records dating back to 1884.

The Windy City is unlikely to see any significant snowfall from this late-week system.

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A laborer works beside a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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An artist polishes an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. 

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Artists prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016.

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A snow sculpture is seen for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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Artists and workers prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Workers pull a giant ice cube out of the frozen Songhua River as they extract ice to make sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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A large snow sculpture is seen ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Newly-wed couples attend their group wedding ceremony which was held as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 6, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Laborers work at a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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Artists and workers prepare an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. 

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A horse stands in front of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Artists and workers prepare snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 15, 2016.

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A reindeer is seen as people visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker take the skateboard at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

(REUTERS/Aly Song)

People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open on January 4, 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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People look around ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker prepares an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People tour between structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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An aerial view of structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Contestants create ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 3, 2017.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

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