As Punxsutawney Phil predicted on February 2, winter appears to be continuing for north-central America. This is turning out to be one of the snowiest seasons on record for this part of the country, and here is the latest news about the impending snow.
In certain areas of the northern Plains, snow has already started to accumulate and more is on its way by the end of the week. Even though this snowfall won't reach record-breaking levels, it should still cause some difficulties when it comes to traveling.
Western South Dakota is forecast to be hit the hardest with a possible 2 feet of snow accumulation. A wide region that goes from northeastern Wyoming to southern Wisconsin is anticipated to get approximately 6 inches of snow.
If the storm system veers southward, Nebraska, central Iowa, and northern Illinois could witness an increase in snowfall. This could make driving along stretches of Interstate 80 treacherous.
The two major cities of Detroit and Chicago could be in for a few inches of snow if the system shifts in a southerly direction. This is probable to happen on Thursday night into Friday, and a small change in temperature will decide if it will be snow, sleet, or rain.
Motorists journeying on interstates 29, 35, 80, 90, and 94 should brace themselves for icy or snow-laden roads by Thursday or Friday. If you have an upcoming excursion, be sure to check road conditions in the area.
This winter season, the Twin Cities are expecting an additional 6 inches of snow from the current system. Since October 1, 2022, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport has observed 74.5 inches of snowfall. To surpass the record of 78.3 inches, set during the winter of 2017 – 2018, just a few more inches are necessary. The most considerable snowfall in the city's history occurred in the season of 1983 – 1984, when 98.6 inches of snow was observed.
By the end of the week, the snow will have arrived in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and the southern part of New England. This could interfere with any weekend arrangements.
There is a potential for a new snow storm to hit the Interstate 95 corridor early in the week. Researchers are keeping tabs on two energy patterns that may appear near the Eastern Seaboard, likely causing precipitation of wet snow.
The northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and Northeast can expect to receive more wintry precipitation from the same storm system, while the South faces the potential of severe thunderstorms.
Temperature rises should prevent moisture from evaporating in a region south of Omaha and beyond. Though meteorologists are not forecasting large-scale hazardous weather, you should still be prepared for any stray storms that might cause flooding. Starting Wednesday, numerous metropolitan areas are likely to incur heavy rainfall until Friday, such as Dallas, Little Rock, Nashville, and Atlanta.
Rainfall of 1-2 inches is forecasted, with a few areas possibly receiving up to 4 inches by the end of the weekend. Furthermore, the storm cells may bring with them the threat of destructive winds and hailstones.