Winter storm bears down on Midwest, Great Lakes | News Coverage from USA

Winter storm bears down on Midwest, Great Lakes

A long, narrow band of late April snow — up to 10 inches in some places — is forecast for the weekend along a 1,200-mile swath of the north-central U.S., including Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, and could dump several inches as far east as New England.

Some 16 million people were under a winter storm warning from Montana, where a blizzard warning was in effect, to Michigan. 

The biggest cities likely to see significant snow are in Wisconsin, including Madison (4-8 inches) and Milwaukee (2-6 inches.) 

By Sunday evening, some snow is possible farther east, in parts of northern Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, according to AccuWeather.

The National Weather Service office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, said that hourly snow rates could be in the 1 to 2 inch per hour range at times. If this occurs, a slushy snow accumulation would make travel difficult.

“A few inches of accumulating snow are in store over the northern suburbs around Chicago,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Snow is rare but not unheard of in Chicago this time of year: at least an inch of snow has been recorded there during the first few days of May in both 1907 and 1940.

In Michigan, Grand Rapids should see about 4 inches while Detroit picks up about 2 inches. Grand Rapids could see its biggest snowfall so late in the season since 1963.

While this is probably winter’s last hurrah in the Midwest, it will likely persist in the western mountains.

The northern Rockies could see more significant accumulations, with snow possibly persisting there through at least the middle of next week from another round of snow late Monday into Wednesday, according to the Weather Channel. 


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