Spring is right around the corner, yet winter is going out with a bang for the Rockies, northern Plains, Upper Midwest and northern New England throughout the rest of the week.
Through Tuesday and Wednesday snow and rain from South Dakota to Nebraska will be present. The snow will increase across northern and central Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan into Tuesday night. This snow may transition into freezing rain during Tuesday night, and this will include Minneapolis and St Paul. The snow will linger from Minnesota to Wisconsin and Upper Michigan by Wednesday.
Five inches or more is predicted in a very small zone from the northern South Dakota to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan. Some areas may even see up to a foot. 6 inches at least will hit the Black Hills of South Dakota, while lighter amounts will occur elsewhere. This will cause poor travel conditions through early Wednesday throughout the affected areas.
Strong winds will be located throughout the back end of the Plains on Tuesday. This means that the Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas will be affected. Winds of 40 to 50 mph are more than likely according to the weather prediction models. Combined with snow, these winds will cause poor visibility and very dangerous travel conditions. Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph may join with the snow in Minnesota, also leading to reduced visibility in that area.
On late Wednesday into Thursday, accumulating snow is possible from New York to northern New England, including the Adirondacks, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The exact amount of snow that will accumulate is not certain as of yet, but less than 6 inches is a general assumption for most locations.
The Midwest may also see rain showers as well throughout the rest of the week. Milder temperatures are expected going into the next week for the Midwest and Northeastern states. Stay tuned to the weather channel for any updates that may occur, or to your local weather authority.