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February 2, 2019 11:25 am Categorised in:

Wind-swept snow will sweep from the northern Rockies to the northern Plains and Upper Midwest from Sunday to Monday, creating localized blizzard conditions and difficult travel.

The mild start to the weekend should not fool residents into thinking that winter has taken an extended break, as frigid, snowy weather will make a fierce comeback.

“A large storm is expected to track from the northern Rockies through the Plains early next week,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

The storm will tap into a fresh push of Arctic air that will send temperatures tumbling 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit in the span of 24 hours.

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Temperatures in Great Falls and Billings, Montana, will go from near 50 on Saturday to the single digits with snow on Sunday.

Major disruptions to travel and daily routines can occur as the snow batters the northern Rockies to end the weekend and then spreads eastward.

“Significant snow and blizzard conditions are anticipated over the northern Plains later Sunday into early Monday as bitterly cold winds blow and drift the snow,” Anderson said.

The corridor between Interstate 15 and I-29 and along I-94 is likely to be hit hardest with heavy snow and gusty winds from Sunday to early Monday.

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Travel will be dangerous during the height of the storm due to near-zero visibility and slippery, snow-covered roads.

“Snow will spread into the Upper Midwest on Monday with a narrow band of mixed precipitation just to the south,” Anderson said.

Six to 12 inches of snow with locally higher amounts can fall across a large swath of Montana, North Dakota, northern Minnesota and part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

If a band of heavy snow organizes on the back side of the storm, northeastern South Dakota and central Minnesota can also receive snowfall totals in this range.

Download the free AccuWeather app to find out how much snow will fall in your area.

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The snow will be light and powdery in nature, making for less cumbersome removal.

However, this will make it prone to extensive blowing and drifting as the cold winds whip.

Anyone shoveling snow will need to thoroughly bundle up to lessen the risk of frostbite or hypothermia.

High temperatures will be held in the single digits and below zero throughout much of Montana and the Dakotas on Monday.

After precipitation begins as a wintry mix in Minneapolis on Sunday night, the storm may end as a period of snow on Monday when Arctic air invades the Upper Midwest.

The plummeting temperatures can lead to a rapid freeze-up of wet or slushy areas on roads and sidewalks throughout the Midwest.

The cold air, while not quite as extreme as that which the Midwest endured last week, will have staying power in the wake of the snowstorm.

Temperatures may be held below zero for all of next week in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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