Blizzard Exiting Plains; Wintry Weather For Northeast
UPDATED 8 AM CST, February 11, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Seth Carrier and James West
A large blizzard is sweeping north toward Canada this morning, producing white-out conditions. Although there won`t be much additional snow, gusty winds will create significant travel problems.
Blizzard Warnings stretch from northern Nebraska to western Minnesota, including Valentine, Neb., Aberdeen, S.D., and Fargo, N.D. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories extend from the Central Rockies to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, including the cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Wausau, Wis., and Marquette, Mich.
Interstate 94 is closed from Jamestown, N.D., to Alexandria, Minn., with U.S. Route 10 closed from its spilt with I-94 in Moorhead, Minn., to U.S. Route 71. Interstate 29 is closed from Grand Forks, N.D., to Sioux Falls, S.D., and Interstate 90 is closed in South Dakota from Sioux Falls to Wall.
Snow and blowing snow is causing visibilities to drop to near-zero, making travel difficult if not impossible across the northern Plains. Although additional snowfall this morning will be relatively light, the continued gusty winds will blow around snow that has already fallen.
Webster, S.D., has seen 16.5 inches of snow, while Sisseton, S.D., is close behind with a foot of snow. Stapleton, Neb., has 10 inches of snow, while Lowry, Minn., has totaled 9 inches of the white stuff. In addition to the snow falling, gusts of 50 to 60 mph have been common across the northern Plains.
Residents are urged to remain at home, as major roads are impassable, and smaller roads are in even worse shape than that.
While the wind and snow will end in the Central and Northern Plains this morning, the same storm system will cross into southern Canada today. This will sweep warmer air northward to combine with an Arctic air mass left in place following Friday`s blizzard. The combination of these two air masses will lead to sleet and freezing rain development across New England and the interior Northeast.
Up to one-tenth of an inch of ice is likely to accrete in cities such as Hartford, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., as well as Syracuse, N.Y., and Concord, N.H. As a result, Freezing Rain and Winter Weather Advisories stretch from western New York and western Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, Vermont and western Maine.
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