Midwest Blizzard Continues...

Posted: December 20, 2012, 12:54 pm by mmurphy

Current view on I-380 just south of Cedar Rapids, IA (Courtesy of IDOT) Heavy snow and blowing snow is causing very hazardous driving conditions. If you must travel in these areas today use extreme caution.

The powerful Midwest blizzard continues to produce extremely hazardous weather conditions and is currently positioned over central Illinois. Out ahead of the center of low pressure, a strong cold front is working its way eastward. Along this cold front, there is a large expanse of heavy rain and even some thunderstorms making their way through the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys at this time. The front will continue to work its way east through the day and will near the I-95 corridor by this evening; bringing with it very heavy rain, strong gusty winds and even some lightning. Rainfall amounts should average 0.75 - 1.5” by the time the rainfall tapers off Friday morning.

The same storm is spreading heavy snow and strong winds (leading to blizzard or near blizzard conditions) across the plains and upper Midwest. The snow and wind will continue right into the evening and overnight; slowly shifting north and east. The hardest hit areas include parts of Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. In these areas heavy snow will combine with strong winds to produce significant blowing and drifting snow. Finally, as the storm pushes east, strong northerly winds will bring down much colder air, causing rapidly falling temperatures. So far Iowa has been one of the hardest hit areas, with some locations already over 1 foot of snow! Check out the current snow totals from the NWS below:

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