Despite being well into the first week of spring, the Midwest to the Appalachians are set to get a few inches of heavy, wet snow as winter Storm Uma passes through. The winter storm moved from the west Tuesday into Thursday, before making its way to the Midwest.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter storm warnings for parts of Montana, North Dakota, northeastern South Dakota, western and southern Minnesota, eastern Iowa and northern Illinois. The weather service also issued winter storm watches for parts of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
According to The Weather Channel, an area of low pressure has developed in the plains and is expected to move towards the southern Appalachia region by Saturday night. Meanwhile, Uma will drop a thin stripe of heavy, wet snow from the Dakotas to the Smoky Mountains.
Dr. Greg Postel, a hurricane and storm specialist at The Weather Channel, told Newsweek that the hardest hit areas will be the upper Midwest, particularly north central Iowa and parts of Illinois. The storm specialist added that a narrow area could see up to 12 inches of snow.
Parts of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and far southwest Wisconsin were warned of difficult travel conditions. Snow is expected to move into the area later Friday evening before tapering off Saturday morning, NWS said. The area is expected to get snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches of snow, with localized amounts of 10 inches.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Nicole Rojas