Early-week snow, blizzard conditions to create difficult travel across north-central US

The first week of March will roar in with travel-disrupting snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions across the north-central United States.

After spreading accumulating snow over the northern and central Rockies this weekend, snow and wind will ramp up across the northern Plains Sunday night into Monday.

The winds combining with the snow will lead to local whiteout and blizzard conditions, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

The worst of the blizzard is expected across the Dakotas, from Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota, to Pierre, South Dakota.

See images of last weekend's storm in the U.S.:

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A student walks out of school during the storm in Newtown, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Suzanne Barlyn
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: Maintenance workers and security officers attend to a broken part of the security fence at the residence of Vice President Pence in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, where a tree fell and broke through the fence. A powerful storm generated significant high winds in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KENSINGTON, MD - MARCH 2: A large tree fell on a house of a 100-year-old woman in Kensington, MD, while a powerful storm generated significant high winds in Kensington, MD, March 2, 2018, causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. The woman was rescued and survived the accident. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KENSINGTON, MD - MARCH 2: A large tree fell on a house of a 100-year-old woman in Kensington, MD, while a powerful storm generated significant high winds in Kensington, MD, March 2, 2018, causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. The woman was rescued and survived the accident. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KENSINGTON, MD - MARCH 2: A large tree fell on a house of a 100-year-old woman in Kensington, MD, while a powerful storm generated significant high winds in Kensington, MD, March 2, 2018, causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. The woman was rescued and survived the accident. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: A maintenance worker attaches replaces a broken part of the security fence at the residence of Vice President Pence in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, where a tree fell and broke through the fence. A powerful storm generated significant high winds in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: Employees of the Adirondack Tree Experts company remove a fallen tree from the sidewalk in front of the Connecticut Heights Apartments in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, A powerful storm generated significant high winds causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: Employees of the Adirondack Tree Experts company remove a fallen tree from the sidewalk in front of the Connecticut Heights Apartments while a woman walks her dog in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, A powerful storm generated significant high winds causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: Pedestrians face additional obstacles early morning in Georgetown of Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, while a powerful storm generates significant high winds causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: Pedestrians face additional obstacles early morning in Georgetown of Washington, D.C., March 2, 2018, while a powerful storm generates significant high winds causing wide-spread flooding and trees to topple around the region. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A worker clear debris from a tree that had fallen on to a house as a storm bringing high winds passes over Kensington, Maryland, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Snow will blow and drift across roadways and the open landscape, making driving difficult, if not impossible, along stretches of interstates 90 and 94.

Anyone who must travel is encouraged to pack a winter survival kit in the event you become stranded. Officials may be forced to close some roads.

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While the worst conditions rage to the west, windswept snow can still reduce visibility and create treacherous travel in Fargo, North Dakota; Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

There is the potential for many communities to pick up 6 inches or more of snow with this storm across the north-central U.S.

“Bismarck has only received around 18 inches of snow so far this season and could receive around a foot or more from this event alone,” Rathbun said.

Precipitation will start with rain and/or a bit of ice across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin prior to colder air wrapping into the storm.

Snow may struggle to stick to roads and sidewalks initially in these areas. However, as the temperature plummets and the ground cools, motorists and pedestrians will need to be wary of slick travel.

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"Commuters in Minneapolis will face worsening conditions through Monday as the snow continues to pile up with the heaviest snowfall expected for the afternoon," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

The heavy burst of snow may cause roads to quickly become covered and treacherous for motorists.

"Flight delays and cancellations can quickly mount around Minneapolis on Monday afternoon," Pydynowski said. "Anyone with plans later Monday should prepare for postponements."

The band of snow will continue to sweep eastward and create slippery travel for a time over Michigan and surrounding areas on Monday night and Tuesday. This snow will graze Chicago and Detroit.

The worst of the snowstorm will be over by Tuesday. However, there can still be pocket of heavier snow that may lead to minor travel disruptions across the north-central U.S.

See images of storms in the U.S. this year:

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Early 2018 winter weather across the US
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CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 20: A view of the frozen trees and ornamentals at Whihala Beach Park with the impact of surges and extremely cold weather in Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ILLIONIS, USA - JANUARY 12: Huge waves crash onto the sidewalk of the Lake Michigan as strong winds drive huge waves reaching about 6 meters high along the Chicago shoreline after the heavy snowfall and strong winds hit Indiana, in Chicago, United States on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: The U.S. Capitol dome is seen surrounded by fog Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: Crowd of people skate on the ice rink during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: City staff members shovel snow during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: A visitor from Vietnam makes his way across the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on January 8, 2018. A member of the National Park Service subsequently told people to leave the ice and said that 12 people had recently fallen through. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of ice floating over the frozen Chicago river as extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: A man walks around Central Park during freezing temperatures on January 06, 2018 in New York City. The extreme conditions suffered across the United States are a result of the 'bomb cyclone' brought along by Storm Grayson. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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"While the snow will gradually wind down on Tuesday, disruptions to travel and daily routines may persist longer in Minneapolis; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Bismarck as crews work to clear roads," Pydynowski said.

The southern portion of the nation's midsection will avoid snowy conditions but may face other hazards from the storm.

"While the snow falls to the north, winds strong enough to cause power outages and overturn high-profile vehicles along I-80 and I-70 will gradually sweep southward across the central Plains Monday into Tuesday," Pydynowski said.

If any wildfires ignite to end the weekend, the winds would create issues for firefighting efforts.

Calmer conditions are expected to return at midweek as the storm restrengthens along the Northeast coast, causing residents to face more power outages and travel disruptions.

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