As Millions On The East Coast Remain In The Dark, Major Blizzard Today And Tuesday Across North-Central US

 The first week of March will roar in with travel-disrupting snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions across the north-central United States. After spreading accumulating snow over the northern and central Rockies this weekend, snow and wind will ramp up across the northern Plains Sunday night into Monday.US-National-Parks-Yellowstone-Winter-Photo-2-buffaloes
The winds combining with the snow will lead to local whiteout and blizzard conditions, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.
The worst of the blizzard is expected across the Dakotas, from Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota, to Pierre, South Dakota.  Snow will blow and drift across roadways and the open landscape, making driving difficult, if not impossible, along stretches of interstates 90 and 94.  Anyone who must travel is encouraged to pack a winter survival kit in the event you become stranded. Officials may be forced to close some roads.
While the worst conditions rage to the west, windswept snow can still reduce visibility and create treacherous travel in Fargo, North Dakota; Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
There is the potential for many communities to pick up 6 inches or more of snow with this storm across the north-central U.S.
“Bismarck has only received around 18 inches of snow so far this season and could receive around a foot or more from this event alone,” Rathbun said. Precipitation will start with rain and/or a bit of ice across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin prior to colder air wrapping into the storm.
Snow may struggle to stick to roads and sidewalks initially in these areas. However, as the temperature plummets and the ground cools, motorists and pedestrians will need to be wary of slick travel.
The worst of the snowstorm will be over by Tuesday. However, there can still be pocket of heavier snow that may lead to minor travel disruptions across the north-central U.S.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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