Late-season snow expected to bring blizzard conditions to north-central US

A major storm will bring heavy late-season snow and blizzard conditions from portions of the northern and central Plains to the Upper Midwest from Friday to Sunday night.

While some of the snow will melt at times on area roads, the heavy rate of snow and gusty winds will cause extensive blowing and drifting snow and difficult, if not impossible, travel conditions for an extended period of time this weekend.

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The storm has the potential to bring 1 to 2 feet of snow to part of the same area that is likely to experience blizzard conditions.

The worst travel conditions are likely to be centered on, but not limited to, the Interstate 35 and 90 corridors.

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As of early Friday, a stretch of I-90 in South Dakota, from Rapid City to Murdo, has already been closed, the South Dakota Department of Transportation said. Several other no travel advisories have also been issued around the state.

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Airline passengers should anticipate major flight delays and a high number of flight cancellations centered on the major hub of Minneapolis.

Blizzard conditions are projected from much of South Dakota, northern Nebraska, eastern Wyoming and southwestern Minnesota.

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Other major cities in the region likely to be adversely affected by the snowstorm include Sioux City, Iowa; Valentine, Nebraska; Huron and Pierre, South Dakota; Miles City, Montana; Ortonville, Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Marquette, Michigan.

"The strong wind aspect of the storm, in lieu of snow, can lead to power outages and property damage over a broad area of the Plains," according to AccuWeather Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist Rich Putnam.

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A priest plays with snow during a heavy snowfall in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: A snowman in front of the Colosseum during a snow storm on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
People play with the snow as Saint Peter's Basilica dome is seen in the background after a heavy snowfall in Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Buidlings covered in snow following a storm on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
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Operators of high-profile vehicles should be prepared for difficult cross winds along portions of I-25, I-29, I-35, I-70, I-80, I-90 and I-94.

Significant turbulence is likely and may lead to issues during landing and takeoff well away from the center of the blizzard and may impact the hubs of Denver, St. Louis and Chicago.

The same storm will parent a multiple-day severe weather outbreak south and east of the snow area from Friday to Sunday.

In addition to heavy snow, blizzard conditions and severe thunderstorms, a significant buildup of ice may occur in parts of Ontario, northern New York state and northern New England.

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Strong winds will lead to areas of blowing dust and an elevated fire risk to end this week over the Southwest.

During early next week, the storm will pivot northeastward toward Hudson Bay, Canada, and colder air will be funneled across the balance of the Midwest and into the northeastern United States.

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