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High Winds, Snow & Dangerous Cold Eye Central U.S.

UPDATED 6:15 PM CST, January 16, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A powerful Alberta Clipper system will not only be remembered for delivering a quick shot of fresh snow from the Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley today, it will also shiver Northern Plains and Midwest residents in dangerous cold and powerful wind gusts that could produce blizzard conditions through this evening.

Low pressure will track eastward across Upper Michigan through tonight. Ahead of it has been areas of snow and snow showers that have brought a few inches of snow to parts of the Midwest, and will continue to do so through tonight.

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for parts of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, including portions of westenr Michigan, northern WIsconsin and eastern Iowa.

Additional Winter Weather Advisories have also been posted for the lower Ohio Valley, including Evansville, Ind., and Paducah, Louisville, and Lexington, Ky., through Friday evening.

Where winds could be very gusty and cause near white-out conditions, Blizzard Warnings are in place from eastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota, and parts of Iowa.

Even residents as far south as northeastern Colorado, Nebraska and northern Missouri will not be able to escape the wide scope of strong winds from this system. Just like their northern neighbors, gusts could easily top out as high as 40-50 mph.High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories stretch from the Minnesota to the Kansas and Oklahoma border.

Another notable aspect following the system will be free-falling temperatures throughout the course of today. By day`s end, the mercury will fall from the teens to below zero, and dip even further into the minus-teens by Friday morning. Coupled with high winds and the feel-like temperature will dip as low as minus-25 to minus-35 degrees. These frigid wind chills will last through Friday morning before milder air starts to make inroads.

The good news is that the windy and frigid air will be short-lived. The low-pressure is expected to rapidly weaken on Friday, while the high pressure system builds overhead, leading to calmer weather, sunshine and seasonably mild temperatures for the weekend.

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