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Blizzard Aiming for Midwest

A powerful storm will bring blinding snow to parts of the Midwest on Thursday
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Winter storm
(Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

After a short respite from this winter's fury, a powerful storm will blast the Midwest and western Great Lakes with heavy, wind-driven snow on Thursday into Thursday night.

The storm will get organized in the Plains on Wednesday night into Thursday morning and snow and ice will spread into portions of the Midwest.

Snow is expected on Wednesday night into early Thursday across parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, while an icy mix will create slick roads across parts of Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Travel delays are likely on Thursday morning along the Interstate 80 corridor from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa and Chicago.

The storm will continue to intensify through Thursday as it moves into the western Great Lakes on Thursday night.

This will pull warmer air northward and allow precipitation to go from ice to rain in Chicago and Milwaukee, Wis., by Thursday afternoon. People across Chicagoland could hear rumbles of thunder as well on Thursday afternoon.

The icy mix will spread northeastward into Green Bay, Wis., and northern Michigan, while snow will become heavier from northern Iowa to western Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin.

Snow will arrive in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday morning, but the heaviest accumulation will occur during the afternoon and early evening.

Warmup to Bring Flooding, Roof Collapse Risk Midwest, East
AccuWeather Winter Weather Center
Sixty Million at Risk for Severe Weather Thursday, Friday

Winds will become quite strong across the Midwest and western Great Lakes on Thursday night, with gusts expected to reach, and perhaps exceed, 50 mph.

It will be a whiteout at times with visibility down to near zero, which will create extremely dangerous travel conditions.

Although the storm will move into Ontario, Canada on Friday, gusty winds will continue to cause blowing and drifting in the Upper Midwest.

This storm will have far-reaching impacts, not just the middle section of the country.

Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and downpours are a threat from the lower Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.

Rain and snow melt will combine to create an increased threat for flooding north of the Ohio River.

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it was just a few short years ago when the groundhog emerged wearing bermuda shorts and ray bans

February 19 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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And predicted 6 more weeks of winter.

February 19 2014 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No drought conditions in the Midwest and here in the Northeast! Our reservoirs will be filled to the brim. The air quality has been healthy here in NYC every day so far this year. So there is a silver lining to every cloud.

February 19 2014 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Weather happens. What drives me nuts are the "new" 10 day forecasts. I don't care about the 10 day guesses. I just want them to get the next 24 hours reasonably correct! They can't even get it right the night b4 for the morning commute. Jeesh!!!

February 19 2014 at 12:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I hate snow!!!!!

February 19 2014 at 11:50 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

glad I am in Las vegas

February 19 2014 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No problems here. Sunny and 80

February 19 2014 at 11:39 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Almighty Father spreading Karma around....RUN FOR THE HILLS!!

February 19 2014 at 11:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Anybody else sick of winter yet?

February 19 2014 at 11:07 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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