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Storm with wind, snow and rain loom for central US next week

A multi-faceted storm will take aim at the central United States and will mark an end to the tranquil weather conditions in the region late next week.

Snow has been a rare commodity so far this autumn. However, the same storm set to deliver snow and colder air to parts of the interior West next week will spill out onto the northern Plains next Friday and Saturday.

A lack of moisture will limit the amount of precipitation from the storm.

While a large amount of snow does not appear likely at this time, some accumulating snow could extend onto the High Plains of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas, as well as areas farther to the northeast in Canada.

Early season, winterlike storms of this nature can be especially problematic for motorists.

The most widespread aspect of the storm is likely to be wind. Gusts in some areas of the Plains and the Upper Midwest may top 40 mph and could reach 50 mph, should the storm strengthen significantly.

The combination of wind and blowing snow can result in poor visibility and raise the potential for travel delays.

Even in areas where no snow occurs, the gusty winds could cause some difficulties for high profile vehicles.

The combination of stiff winds and increasing areal coverage of dry conditions may also raise the risk of brush fires over parts of the Plains.

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The lack of moisture may limit the amount of rain and thunderstorms.

Some rain will break out as the storm moves farther to the east across the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley. In most cases, the rain is likely to be light.

In a more typical November weather pattern, this sort of storm would raise an alert flag for severe weather, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

"Since the air may struggle to become humid over the lower Plains and Mississippi Valley, thunderstorm activity, let alone severe weather may be limited or perhaps non-existent," Margusity said.

The limited moisture of the storm does not bode well for extinguishing wildfires and easing drought conditions over the interior Southeast states.

Chilly air rotating around the storm will be funneled across the northern Plains and into the Midwest during next weekend.