Weather Outlook: Snow, ice may create travel issues this weekend

Saul Bowman
January 11, 2018

Less than a half-inch of snow is forecast.

7 p.m. - midnight: Freezing rain/ice and sleet will mix with and then change to widespread snow.

According to the Weather Channel, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa could see blizzard conditions Wednesday into Thursday, and so will the East (Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and more) as the storm moves later in the week. Mixed precipitation will create hard travel conditions.

This swath of snow could be heavy, and there's potential for significant ice accumulation in areas where freezing rain is most persistent.

A south wind will be 9 to 16 miles per hour, gusting to as high as 24 miles per hour.

Valley rain and mountain snow is expected in much of the West. Wind chills on Thursday will drop to near 20 below zero.WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. The precipitation is expected to change to all snow by Thursday morning. Along with the snowfall, blowing and drifting snow could make travel hazardous with near blizzard like conditions. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour. Blowing and drifting snow possible. The average accumulation by this time in the month is 4.7 inches. Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible.

Flood watches have been issued for all of western NY except Allegany County through late Friday night, the weather service said. Winds may gust as high as 30 miles per hour.

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