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Cold Front Dropping South Across the Western U.S.; Watching Threat for Tornadoes and Flooding in the South

A cold front will push south across the Western U.S. into Tuesday with mountain snow and areas of gusty to high winds. An area of low pressure will form along this front on Tuesday and bring a potential for severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and excessive rainfall in the lower to mid Mississippi River Valley. To the north, heavy snow is possible in parts of the upper Midwest. Read More >



A quick-moving system on Sunday night, March 12 into early Monday, March 13, brought widespread snow, before lake effect snow started Monday night and persisted through Tuesday, March 14.  This lake effect snow was oriented into northeast Illinois for a lengthy period, which is rare, as Michigan and northwest Indiana are typically the more favored locations for lake effect snow.  

The first round of snow caused impacts to the Monday morning commute, while the next lake effect round brought major impacts to the Tuesday morning commute.


For a satellite loop of the event, please visit the U. of Wisconsin CIMMS page.

  Heavy Lake Effect Snow Setup
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