State College, Pa. — AccuWeather.com reports snow and ice was already hitting the Upper Midwest Monday. A second storm will bring a swath of blizzard conditions from the Northwest into the Upper Midwest this week.


State College, Pa. — AccuWeather.com reports snow and ice was already hitting the Upper Midwest Monday. A second storm will bring a swath of blizzard conditions from the Northwest into the Upper Midwest this week.

Travel will be dangerous in many areas due to the extreme cold, blowing snow and high winds. Road closures will occur in many areas due to the extreme conditions.

Midwest and Northern Plains (WI, IL, MN, IA, NE, ND, SD)
Very dangerous weather will be developing across the northern Plains through early next week. Extremely cold weather as well as occasional snow and freezing drizzle will slam the Dakotas. People traveling along I-90 and I-94 should be prepared for extreme winter conditions through Wednesday.

Snow and extremely cold weather will continue to hit the Dakotas into northern Minnesota through tonight. Travel along I-90 and I-94 will be extremely poor. You should have a winter survival kit if traveling the next 24 hours and again on Wednesday into Thanksgiving.

By Wednesday, blizzard conditions may impact portions of the western and central Dakotas before spreading eastward at night into Minnesota and Wisconsin. Fargo, N.D., and Duluth, Minn., will be hit hard. Parts of Iowa may also get slammed by whiteout conditions at times. If you do not have to drive, stay home. These are extreme conditions for travel along I-90 and I-94.

Several inches to a foot of snow will fall during this time period with the heaviest snow expected across portions of northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Many roads may be closed due to the extreme weather conditions that will strike on Wednesday.

By Henry Margusity, Senior Expert Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com