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Wintry travel to spread across midwestern US through Monday

As the first of several waves of arctic air sweep southeastward across the Midwest, just enough snow will fall to cause slippery travel over a broad area into Monday.

An Alberta Clipper storm will swing across the Great Lakes region. This cold and moisture-starved storm from western Canada will bring a general coating to a couple of inches of snow from the northern Plains to part of the Ohio Valley.

The combination of a bit of snow, plunging temperatures and gusty winds can lead to episodes of blowing snow and sudden low visibility.

On Monday, in many locations of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, the warmest part of the day is likely to be first thing in the morning. Temperatures will hold steady or fall as the day progresses.

Motorists should be especially vigilant as the snow showers and cold air spread southeastward through Monday. Road surfaces can transition from dry to wet, slushy and snow covered in a matter of minutes in this weather setup.

Commuters should be prepared for a slippery drive in to work on Monday in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa.

Around Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Kentucky, and Huntington, West Virginia, it is the drive home on Monday that could be tricky. Spotty rain showers will transition to snow showers in these locations.

Along with actual temperatures, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will plunge. RealFeel® Temperatures will dip below zero from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin into Monday.

During Monday night and Tuesday, RealFeel® Temperatures will range from below zero around the western Great Lakes region to the single digits over the Ohio Valley and the lower teens around the lower Great Lakes.

Wind gusts can be strong enough to cause sporadic power outages over part of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest into early Monday.

Gusts in some areas can approach 60 mph. Local ground blizzards are possible.

In addition to the broad area of light snow and snow showers, locally heavy bands of lake-effect snow will develop.

This will occur first along the south shore of Lake Superior on Monday, then expand to the western shores of Lake Michigan during Monday night. Localized snowfall in these areas can approach a foot.

Additional waves of cold air and lake-effect snow will follow through the balance of the week and into the weekend.