By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 22, 2019, 9:45:34 PM EST
Snow and ice will sweep through the midwestern United States into Tuesday night ahead of the next blast of Arctic air poised to arrive late this week.
The same storm that blanketed the interior West with a fresh round of snowfall to start the week is on the move across the Central states. The storm produced blizzard conditions over the High Plains of Colorado during Monday night to Tuesday morning.
A small home was blown over amid blizzard conditions in Cripple Creek, Colorado, the Cripple Creed Fire Department said on Facebook. One person and two cars were in the home when it was blown over, but all were reported safe.
(Photo/Cripple Creek Fire Department)
“Expect delays on highways and at the airports in the North Central states due to conditions ranging from rain, fog and gusty winds to snow, ice and slippery conditions that may require deicing operations,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Numerous accidents and travel delays were reported along Interstate 70 in Kansas on Tuesday afternoon due to icy roads.
While the southern tier can expect mainly rain from this event, those farther north will contend with another round of slippery, slow travel due to snow and ice.
“The bulk of the snow will fall along parts of interstates 80, 90 and 94 corridors from Nebraska to Wisconsin,” Sosnowski said.
Along this corridor and up into northern parts of Michigan, 6 inches of snow or more can fall, leading to slippery roadways and disruptions to daily routines.
Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Traverse City, Michigan, are among the communities where the heaviest snowfall could set up into early Wednesday.
A light but perhaps just as disruptive accumulation of snow will whiten much of central and western Kansas, including I-70, later into Tuesday night.
Motorists are urged to slow down to avoid spinning out on snow-covered areas of the roadways. Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your vehicle in case of emergency.
A narrow corridor of ice and wintry mix will occur in between the areas of plain rain and snow, likely from parts of northeastern Kansas to the southern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Cities that may lie within this icy zone include Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; South Bend, Indiana; and Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
People in this zone will need to use extreme caution on the roadways when heading home from work or school later Tuesday.
Even in areas where temperatures climb above 32 F and plain rain falls, the ground can remain cold enough from the latest Arctic blast for the rain to freeze on contact with the surface, causing icy patches on roads and sidewalks.
Just enough cold air can meet up with the tail end of the storm to cause rain to changeover to snow and a period of slippery travel conditions across part of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys later Wednesday.
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“While the air behind the storm will not immediately bring a return to Arctic cold, brutally cold conditions are expected to return to the northern and central Plains on Thursday and much of the balance of the region during Thursday night and Friday,” Sosnowski said.
Friday may be Chicago’s coldest day of the winter thus far, with a forecast high in the single digits F.
A light round of snowfall will swing through with the Arctic blast, whitening the Dakotas on Thursday night before reaching Iowa and Illinois on Friday.
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