Published January 25, 2014
The train of clipper systems will continue to chug across the Midwest this weekend and help push this month's snowfall into record territory for some locations.
By the end of the weekend, the additional accumulation could push this January's snow total in Chicago into the top three snowiest January's on record for the Windy City.
Through Friday, the official total in Chicago for the month was 30.7 inches. Another 1.7 inches and this January will become the third snowiest on record.
Through Friday, Detroit, Mich., only needs a 10th of an inch to set a new January record for the most snowfall in the month and rise into the top five for snowfall in any month for the city.
While snowfall records might be nice for posterity, the new snow will create more problems on the roads for travelers this weekend from Minneapolis, Minn., to Chicago to Detroit, Mich.
A fresh coating of 1-3 inches of snow is expected on Interstates 35, 39, 65, 69, 80, 90 and 94.
The falling snow will reduce visibility and gusty winds will create blowing and drifting, which will further exacerbate the situation.
Snowy weather was blamed in a fatal, multi-vehicle crash in northwestern Indiana this past Thursday.
Extreme caution should be exercised this weekend across the Midwest as roads will become snow covered and hazardous.
Flight delays are also likely across the Midwest due to de-icing and snow removal operations at the airports.
After the weekend snow, a blast of brutally cold air will move in and cause temperatures to plunge below zero from the northern Plains to the Midwest.