Snow in the Plains and Midwest will slow travel after Thanksgiving

A snowstorm system that blanketed the Rockies with 28 inches of snow on Thursday and Friday will sweep through the Plains and Midwest this weekend as millions of Americans return home from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Winter weather warnings affecting more than 8 million people are in effect from the northern Texas Panhandle to northwestern Illinois, where several inches of snow are possible through Sunday morning. And light snow will spread north and northeast Sunday and into Sunday night.

Wichita and Topeka in Kansas; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, all could experience snow and some travel disruptions throughout Sunday night.

Affected areas and snowfall forecast

The heaviest snow is forecast for central Kansas, where 4 to 8 inches will fall. Wichita And Topeka Both are under winter storm warnings, according to the National Weather Service, with “travel likely to be difficult.” Most snow is expected Saturday and Saturday night, before sunny skies return Sunday.

Snow will move into northern Missouri late Saturday and continue into Sunday morning. Winter weather advisories cover this area, incl Kansas City, It is expecting the first accumulation of snow of the season. The forecast is 1 to 4 inches.

“The prime time for light snow accumulation is from 5 PM today through 3 AM Sunday,” the weather service office serving Kansas City wrote early Saturday morning.

By early Sunday morning, snow will spread across parts of northern Illinois, Wisconsin and western Michigan. The storm system should weaken somewhat as it moves northeast, so mainly light snow is expected in this area. Typically, the highest snowfall totals in northwest Illinois range from 1 to 3 inches.

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towards ChicagoAnd Milwaukee And Madison, Wisc., mostly snow is forecast for Sunday morning. The weather service office serving Chicago wrote that snow could create “some minor travel impacts by mid-Sunday.”

In west-central Michigan along Lake Michigan, a narrow zone of heavy snow with around 2 to 4 inches of fall is possible Sunday and Sunday night.

Sunday night into Monday, as rain develops over eastern New England, some snow will drift inland toward the Northeast. Several inches of snow will fall on higher elevations and downwind of Lake Erie in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

The storm’s heaviest snow fell in Wyoming on Thursday and Friday, with 22 to 28 inches in Lander, midway between Casper and Jackson, a town of about 7,500 residents in the middle of the state.

Snow also accumulated in Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, western Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle. Here are some selected aggregates:

  • Riverton, Wyo.: 18 inches
  • Casper, Wyo.: 11 inches
  • Taos, NM: 9 inches
  • Cheyenne, Wyo.: 9 inches
  • Snowbird and Alta, Utah: 8 inches
  • Twin Falls, Idaho.: 8 inches
  • Pocatello, Idaho.: 7 inches
  • Eldora Ski Area, Colo.: 6 inches
  • Park City, Utah: 6 inches
  • Boulder, Colo.: 5 inches
  • Sheridan, Wyo.: 4 inches
  • Dalhart, Tex.: 3.5 inches
  • Salt Lake City: 3 inches
  • Oberlin, Kan.: 1.5 inches
  • Denver: 1 inch

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