A large snowstorm that began to hit the Plains on Sunday is spreading into the Midwest with not only snow, but also gusty winds and Arctic cold that will seriously slow or shut down travel.
The storm is part of a duo of new snowstorms this week that will ultimately affect over half of the population of the nation. The week will go down as being the worst of the winter so far.
Snow is spreading from Denver, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Oklahoma City to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis in a matter of hours. The snowstorm will expand to Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh Tuesday.
The storm will close many schools and delay others while making for snow covered, icy and dangerous travel conditions in long stretches of interstates 40, 70 and 90 as well as most other highways and secondary roads in the region.
The I-80 corridor from northern Illinois to northern Ohio will be in the worst of this storm that may become an all-out blizzard for parts of the Midwest, but also the Northeast. More snow is on the way today into tomorrow as the latest in the series of storms batters the region. Our incoming storm will come in two punches...one this afternoon into tonight and another tomorrow. The first punch will bring snow this afternoon and tonight, which may mix with sleet from D.C. and to the south and east. The second punch will deliver the stronger blow as very gusty winds bring the potential for blizzard conditions, and unfortunately, power outages. Keep your chin up and realize that if we can get through the next two days, it looks as though we'll have an extended break from winter storminess for at least the next week or so.