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More than a foot of snow ‘with near zero visibility’ predicted ahead of major Midwest blizzard

MINNEAPOLIS – Blizzard Warnings have been issued for portions of the Plains and Upper Midwest as a powerful spring snowstorm quickly develops and strengthens on Sunday, blasting the region with high wind gusts and heavy snow that are expected to have major impacts on travel across the region over the next few days.

The FOX Forecast Center said a powerful area of low pressure is rapidly strengthening and pulling in moisture from the Pacific Ocean as cold air crashes in from Canada, allowing for snow to break out from the Rockies to the Plains and into the Midwest and Great Lakes region.

Winter weather alerts blanket the region from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, including a swath of Blizzard Warnings that will go into effect later Sunday and into Monday for the central and northern Plains from Kansas to South Dakota, as well as the Arrowhead of Minnesota just to the north of Duluth.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the National Weather Service office in North Platte, Nebraska, said. “Widespread blowing and drifting snow with near zero visibility at times. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.”

Winter Storm Warnings cover a larger area of real estate across the northern tier from Montana to Wisconsin, including cities like Bismarck and Fargo in North Dakota and Minneapolis in Minnesota.

Winter Weather Advisories are also in effect across many areas, including the Rockies, southern Minnesota and from central Iowa and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The FOX Forecast Center said the main event will start to kick off Sunday and into Sunday night as heavy snow increases across the region.

Major impacts to travel are expected, especially across southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Impacts appear likely on highways such as Interstate 80 through Nebraska, Interstate 90 in South Dakota and even portions of Interstate 35 from Iowa to Minneapolis as snowfall rates could approach 1-2 inches per hour with the chance of thundersnow.

There have been some changes to the forecast, however, especially when it comes to the important rain/snow line.

The FOX Forecast Center said that as the low-pressure system strengthens near the Rockies, there will be a strong push of moisture and warm air from the south, and that surge of warmth could push the rain/snow line much farther north than previously expected.

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The latest computer forecast models show that periods of heavy rain could move into southern Minnesota and Wisconsin late Sunday night and into Monday morning.

That rain could very well spoil some of the impressive snow totals for major cities like Minneapolis.

Across portions of the Upper Midwest from the Dakotas to Minnesota, many communities could end up receiving 12-18 inches of snow from this powerful storm.

As of Sunday, Minneapolis could pick up 5-8 inches of snow, with communities to the north, like St. Cloud, possibly receiving 8-12 inches.

Higher totals of more than a foot are expected in communities like Bemidji and Duluth in Minnesota.

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