A large storm will threaten to disrupt travel and daily routines as it unleashes heavy snow and gusty winds across the midwestern United States Monday through Tuesday.
Nuisance snow will precede this storm from the northern Plains through the Great Lakes and to the interior Northeast into Sunday night.
A general 1-3 inches of snow may fall and create slippery travel along this corridor, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 6 inches across the Upper Midwest.
To the south of the snow zone, a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain can create slick road conditions from the mid-Mississippi Valley, including around St. Louis, to the central Appalachians.
Slippery travel was already being reported across Missouri due to freezing rain on Sunday morning.
From Sunday night to Monday morning, the snow and wintry mix will spread eastward and threaten slick travel across the mid-Atlantic, including around Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.
The Midwest and Northeast will only have a little break between snow events.
An expansive winter storm will take shape across the northern Plains on Monday afternoon, according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Billy Clark.
Snow is expected to fall and create slippery conditions from Bismarck, North Dakota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Minneapolis; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Traverse City and Marquette, Michigan.
The highest snowfall totals and worst travel conditions are expected to focus on the upper Mississippi Valley from late Monday to Tuesday night.
Late Monday into Tuesday, the heaviest snow will fall across northern and central Iowa into southern and eastern Minnesota and central Wisconsin, according to Clark.
Heavy snow will spread into northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Tuesday into Tuesday night.
In these areas, there can be 6-12 inches of snow with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 18 inches.
“Disruptions to logistical operations are expected due to heavy snowfall causing hazardous travel conditions,” Clark said.
School closures are likely.
Stretches of interstates 29, 35, 80, 90 and 94 are expected to be difficult and dangerous to travel on during the height of the storm.
In addition to snow-packed, slippery roadways, blowing and drifting snow can create whiteout conditions as winds strengthen around the storm.
“There may be several hours of wintry precipitation and wintry travel conditions from I-80 to Chicago and Detroit,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Snow is forecast to transition to an icy mix in this corridor from late Monday through Monday night.
“The storm can also end with snow and icy spots in both of these cities,” Sosnowski said.
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The storm’s broad nature will bring snow, ice and slippery travel to much of the Northeast during the same time frame.
Meanwhile, enough rain may fall to aggravate the flooding situation from Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, to the southern portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
There can be a rapid freeze-up in the lower Ohio Valley later Tuesday as temperatures plunge behind the rain, causing any lingering wet areas to turn to ice.
The Central states will then have to brace for yet another winter storm at late week.