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Dangerous Winter Storm over the Northern Plains, Heavy Lake Effect Snow Likely for Western New York

Blizzard conditions are expected to persist over portions of the northern Plains through midday Wednesday. Strong winds and very cold temperatures will also yield sub-zero wind chill readings and blowing snow. Further east, Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for portions of western New York. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 3 feet are possible late week into the weekend. Read More >

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Last Map Update: Wed, Dec. 7, 2016 at 6:32:14 am CST

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We're expecting dry conditions today, although cloud cover will be increasing. High temperatures today will generally be in the 50s.
The first chance for winter precipitation of the season will arrive across the southwest portions of the region overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning. Initially cold light rain may transition into light freezing rain as surface temperatures fall below freezing during the predawn hours. The light freezing rain may mix with sleet after sunrise Thursday. Only very light accumulations of freezing rain and sleet are expected, mainly on elevated surfaces. However, some travel impacts are still possible. All precipitation will end Thursday afternoon.
With the expected arctic air intrusion Wednesday night through Friday, remember to keep the 4 P's in mind for protection against the frigid temperatures expected. Protect pipes, faucets, and sensitive plants, as well as preparing outdoor pets and people without ample heating for the impending chilly weather ahead. Also, shut off sprinklers as they can cause icy patches on roads and sidewalks resulting in injuries! Check your heater to ensure its functioning properly before the cold weather arrives.
Friday and Saturday will feature cool, but dry weather. A cold front will approach the region Saturday night and into Sunday. Moisture will remain limited, but a few showers and an isolated storm will be possible, primarily east of the I-35/35E corridor.

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