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Snow Tracking Across Midwest, Great Lakes

UPDATED 3 PM CST, January 30, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The same weather maker responsible for damaging thunderstorms from the Ohio Valley to the southern Plains Tuesday will deliver a punch of heavy snow and an icy mixture for residents in the Midwest and western Great Lakes through this evening.

Winter Storm Warnings extend from eastern Iowa into northern Michigan, with Winter Weather Advisories surrounding either side of the warnings from northeastern Missouri to the southern shores of Lake Superior. The Quad Cities, Milwaukee, and Marquette, Mich., are all included in this wintry weather potential.

By the time the storm charges into eastern Canada tonight, it will have left behind a fresh ribbon of 4-to-8 inches of snow from northwestern Missouri to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula. An icy mix and rain will hold accumulations back a bit from Kansas City, Mo., to Milwaukee, but collapsing sub-freezing readings will bring a quick 1-to-3 inches of wet snow.

The falling temperatures teaming up with gusty winds will cause dangerous travel conditions along large stretches of Interstates 35, 39, 43, 90, and 94, as well as along U.S. Route 28. If you absolutely must travel, make sure to have a winter survival kit composed of an extra flashlight, food, and water in case of emergency.

The hasty exodus of this storm system later this afternoon and tonight will pave the way for yet another brutal Arctic outbreak right through the first weekend in February.

At the apex of the Polar express on Friday across the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, the feel-like temperature, or a measurement of what it feels like to the body, will be at dangerously low levels of minus-25 degrees to minus-35 degrees. If venturing outdoors, follow these helpful tips in staying warm.

The winter storm comes at the expense of a mild winter so far in parts of the Great Lakes and Midwest. Milwaukee, Wis., is 17 inches below average for the season so far with only 10 inches total accumulation. Green Bay has seen an average winter so far with 31 inches accumulation while farther south in Des Moines, Iowa, is just shy of its seasonal average to date of 20 inches.

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