Major Winter Storm Threatens End-of-2018 Travel

Major Winter Storm Threatens End-of-2018 Travel

Kenneth Drake
December 28, 2018

The same storm that brought snow to Southern California on Christmas Day will deliver heavy snow, gusty winds and blizzard conditions from parts of Kansas to Minnesota into Thursday night.

Strong winds are scheduled to arrive with the heaviest snow on Thursday. However, the weather service is forecasting little if any ice accumulation. Precipitation should change back to snow Friday as much colder air moves in.

Eastern Colorado, western Nebraska and the Dakotas are likely to face the worst conditions, and some states are expecting eight-to-12 inches of snow over the next few days, CNN reported.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation road conditions website, www.511mn.org, showed area roads to either be partially covered or completely covered in slush or snow around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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A winter weather advisory has been issued for the central and south Cascades through Thursday morning.

Snow will be move into the Northeast from NY to ME from Thursday night into Friday morning. Around the Red River Valley, Speicher said there was about 4-8 inches of snow that gathered overnight. Thursday may see northeast winds between 9 and 17 miles per hour, with gusts up to 24 miles per hour. The heavy snow and high-powered winds "could create very unsafe travel conditions", Edwards says, with some areas experiencing near-blizzard conditions and winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour. "Up to 16" of snow could fall over the highest peaks. Friday, our highs will only be in the low 20s.

During winter storms, the city of Mitchell requires vehicles to be removed from Emergency Snow Routes when the city receives 2 inches or more of snow.