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Major Winter Storm to Impact the Central and Eastern U.S. Through this Weekend

An impactful Pacific storm will move east and redevelop into a significant winter storm. Heavy snow to the north of this storm and heavy rain to the south with freezing rain at the junction will form over the Central U.S. Friday. This system shifts into the Eastern States on Saturday with heavy snow from the Midwest to the Northeast, and heavy rain from the Mid-South to the Mid-Atlantic. Read More >

Friday will be a snowy day across the area, with travel impacts expected. Snow will spread eastward as the morning commute progresses, with locations west of I-29 more likely to have early morning accumulations and slick roads. The greater impact will be during the evening commute, due to snow-covered roads area-wide, and reduced visibility with persistent light to moderate snow. Snowfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are likely by the time the event ends Friday evening, with locally higher amounts possible.
Snow is expected to begin Friday morning and continue through much of the day before coming to an end. Here is a graphic indicating when the snow is expected across the region.
Dangerously cold air is headed our way! Wind chills both Friday night and Saturday night will be 10 to 25 degrees below zero. At these temperatures, frost bite can set in as quick as 30 minutes.