Winter ain’t over yet, especially in the Northern Tier of the US, as a new storm system passes through portions of the Northern Plains then the Upper Midwest Friday into Saturday.

The low pressure associated with this storm system will drop down from Canada into Montana and the Dakotas by the end of the day Friday. This will bring a light to moderate snow to northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota through most of the day while snow moves in during the afternoon and evening hours for the remainder of northern North Dakota as well as northern Minnesota.

Then overnight Friday, the snow will quickly clear out of Montana and eventually North Dakota by midnight. Meanwhile to the east, snow will persist across northern Minnesota while increasing in intensity. Snow will also move into northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Behind this low will be scattered, light snow showers across portions of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

On Saturday, the activity will begin to wind down across most of the region, although snow will persist through the morning in northern Wisconsin. It should be snowing most of the day in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the northern half of Lower Michigan.

All of the snow will clear out by Saturday night, but winds will be strong on the backside of this low in the Upper Midwest. This is due to falling pressures, reaching the 990s (millibars). The tight pressure gradient as a result will make for wind gusts of up to 30-40 mph. Meanwhile to the south, a new storm system will be developing, and may bring a light snow to portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas on Sunday.


Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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