The active weather pattern will continue through this weekend, as two more storms coming in from the West bring more snow to portions of the Central Plains and much of the Upper Midwest. Some areas may receive over a foot of snow this weekend, due to above average moisture streams in from the Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific. With these rounds of storms, freezing rain will be found to the south and east, which we detail in an article here.

During the morning on Thursday, a piece of energy moving into the Midwest will trigger moderate to heavy snow showers across portions of eastern Nebraska and South Dakota, Iowa, and southern Minnesota. Localized areas will deal with reduced visibility due to the heavy snow, so travel is not advised. Meanwhile, just to the south, sleet and freezing rain is forecast in the Kansas City area–again–so roads will definitely become slick there, especially due to chilly temperatures as of late. As we get into the afternoon Thursday, our new storm will get its act together and lead to the widespread development of light to moderate snow across portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, northern Iowa, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by the evening hours. Due to a thin layer of warm air aloft, sleet and freezing rain are still possible in the Kansas City area through Des Moines and into the Madison, WI vicinities. Thursday night, the snow will lift into the Upper Midwest, affecting much of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the UP of Michigan. Northern Lower Michigan and southern Wisconsin may deal with freezing rain and sleet.

Then as we get into Friday, the snow will begin to dwindle in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest regions by the midday hours while moving East into Canada. It will even bring snow and freezing rain to portions of the interior Northeast and northern New England. The first half of our Friday night will be quiet before our next incoming storm system will lead to the development of our next round of snow early-Saturday morning. This will occur in portions of the Central Plains with snow expected in Nebraska near its northern and southern borders, while a thin line of potential freezing rain develops from portions of northern Kansas through the Quad Cities. Also, light snow showers are possible in the Front Range of Colorado, so a quick coating to an inch of snow cannot be ruled out in Denver, but thankfully it will be on a Saturday.

On Saturday, this storm system will strengthen. The threat for heavy snow is higher with this storm, and the best chance for heavy snow spans from eastern Nebraska through the UP of Michigan. So on Saturday, snow is forecast to fall across the eastern Dakotas, Nebraska, and northern Kansas as well as in western Iowa, much of Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin. The freezing rain threat should diminish during the day. Then overnight Saturday, snow will clear out of the Plains while it hammers the Upper Midwest. Snow can be expected during the evening across much of Minnesota into Iowa while lasting through much of the night in northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. Depending on when the reinforcing cold air moves in, the rain may flip and changeover to snow for a few across southern Wisconsin into the Chicago area early-Sunday morning. The same is the case across Lake Michigan into western parts of Lower Michigan.

Snowfall forecast updated Friday afternoon for the second storm:

By the time you wake up on Sunday, however, the center of our storm system will be in Canada, therefore ending the precipitation in the Upper Midwest. Some snow associated with this low pressure can possibly move into northern New England at the onset of the precipitation. The weather for the start of next week will relax and quiet down across most of the Central US before a new storm possibly develops midweek around Wednesday or Thursday.


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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