17 states from Michigan to Arizona with winter warnings including blizzards, ice

17 states from Michigan to Arizona with winter warnings including blizzards, ice

Today will still be a nice spring day, but more seasonable. A storm can shift directions at any time, which could be the case in the upcoming storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Sheboygan, Washington, Dodge and Ozaukee Counties from 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11. A major blizzard is expected to dump heavy snow on parts of the Midwest in the coming days, possibly setting new records for the month of April. The blizzard and the flooding from ice jams and rain-snow melt have resulted in two-thirds of the state's counties being declared federal disaster areas. The storm's path of 12-plus inches reaches as far north to Duluth and Silver Bay to the east into Wisconsin past Ashland and Hayward. It'll be a narrow stripe advancing from the west, so some of us - particularly in the South Zone - may not see much from this. "A slower changeover from rain and we'll have a hard time hitting 2" in the city, a quicker changeover and totals from 4 - 7" in the city will certainly be possible.

How does this snowstorm compare to past years? Roughly 1-3 inches are expected to accumulate, Barlow said. The storm system responsible for this severe threat is going to be a powerhouse of a storm for millions across the United States. "Travel is going to be impossible in some of these areas".

Wednesday, we expect the surface low to be intensifying somewhere over the central Plains, with a broad area of rain or snow and strong winds from the High Plains to the upper Midwest. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Around the Roaring Fork Valley, winds were expected to pick up late Tuesday night, and the rain is expected to turn to snow Wednesday morning as the temperatures drop. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. You'll notice the winds will start to ramp up out of the east at about 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts. The metro will see a rain/snow mix Wednesday, with a couple of inches of slush as snow and sleet mix in Wednesday night.

Winds will gust up to 45mph. As recent warmer temperatures and rainfall combined with the runoff from the melting snowpack have kept the river levels hovering around flood stage. The latest update predicts falling river levels to stop dropping and level off this week.

The Mississippi River at Fort Ripley was at 9.8 feet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Up in Aroostook County, where it has been a long, snowy winter, the snowfall will taper closer toward the Canadian border, with the accumulation expected to top out around 5 to 6 inches from Fort Kent to Van Buren. At 10 feet, the water will cause minor flooding of low lying areas adjacent to the river.

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