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Weekend snow to disrupt travel in central US
Friday, 23 December 2016
A disruptive wintry system will develop over the north-central U.S. this weekend, bringing heavy snow to parts of the northern Plains and Midwest through Sunday.

After calm but frigid conditions closed out the work week, a blustery weekend snow event is in store from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes.

A storm moving eastward out of the Rockies will intensify as it reaches across the Midwest, resulting in accumulating snow throughout the center of the country.

The system’s first flakes fell over the western Dakotas Saturday morning.

Snow will continue to spread eastward into Sunday.

“Snow will overspread the cities of Chicago and Detroit late Saturday and Saturday night,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike LeSeney said.

Once the snow begins to fall, roads will quickly become slick and snow-covered as temperatures have remained well below freezing for several days.

“Road conditions will rapidly deteriorate overnight Saturday night as roads become slick with snow and slush,” LeSeney said.

Portions of Interstate 80 in western Iowa remain closed as of Saturday afternoon due to car accidents amidst heavy snow.

Drivers should be well aware of their surroundings and the local weather. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly due to low tire traction and drastically decreased visibility.

“Blowing snow will reduce visibility to near zero at times and drifting snow will hinder all efforts to keep city roads clear of snow,” LeSeney said.

As demonstrated in areas that received heavy snow over the past few days, highway pile-ups become more likely in wintry weather. Those traveling at highway speeds should therefore be particularly weather-wary this weekend.

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