Rounds of snow threaten to cause slow and slick travel across the midwestern United States this weekend.
A storm will cut into the bitter cold that has set up over the Midwest, creating an ideal environment for snow to fall this weekend.
Enough snow is anticipated for snow shovels and plows to be necessary across the the region.
“The storm appears likely to stage a two-pronged attack on the Midwest,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.
A second area of snow is expected to develop slightly farther south on Sunday.
“Another area of accumulating snow will surge eastward across the north-central Plains and Midwest from Sunday morning into Monday,” Elliott said.
Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit will all have wintry weather.
In areas hardest hit by each batch of snow, snowfall could near or exceed half a foot. Travel could be slick and treacherous at times this weekend along interstates 29, 35, 80, 90 and 94.
“Even the slightest amount of snow on roads can cause a vehicle to hydroplane or tires to lose their grip on the roadway, heightening the risk for spin-outs and traffic accidents,” he added.
The snow will tend to be light and fluffy in nature as opposed to wet and heavy, making for quick removal from sidewalks and driveways. Residents should still use caution due to the strenuous nature of shoveling.
“The exact track and intensity of the storm will ultimately determine how much snow falls in cities like Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Chicago,” Elliott said.
Some of the snow will reach into part of the Northeast during the second half of the weekend and early next week.