Winter Storm Midwest, A winter storm is spreading snow across the upper Midwest Monday and Tuesday and into the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic by Wednesday and Thursday.
Snowfall accumulations Monday and Tuesday should be from 6-12 inches from Fargo, N.D. through Minneapolis, Minn., through the southern suburbs of Chicago, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards. Winter storm warnings are in effect for most of Minnesota and parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
In the city of Chicago, about 6 inches of snow accumulation is expected through Tuesday.
The heaviest snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning, with snowfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour.
Blizzard warnings are in effect in parts of Montana and North Dakota Monday. Already, AccuWeather reports that Starkweather, N.D., and Rocky Boy, Mont., have picked up 10 inches of snow so far.
Sunday, Calgary, Alberta, received about a foot of snow from the storm.
The storm will then head east, spreading heavy snow by Wednesday in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, and Virginia, reports Weather Channel meteorologist Jon Erdman. He says that the snow will be heavy and wet, which, along with high winds, could lead to power outages.
The storm could bring significant snow to Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro areas, along with coastal flooding along the East Coast later Wednesday into Thursday.
It will likely be the heaviest snowfall for Washington, D.C., and Baltimore so far this winter season. Washington has seen only 1.5 inches of snow this winter, while Baltimore has picked up 4.8 inches.
The Weather Channel has named the storm Saturn, as part of its winter storm naming system. No other private weather services, or the federal government, are using this name. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has called the storm “Snowquester” in honor of the federal government’s current sequester.
Farther to the south, the National Weather Service says that showers and thunderstorms will also develop over the Tennessee Valley and central Gulf Coast on Tuesday morning, which will move to the southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast by Tuesday evening. None of the thunderstorms are forecast to reach severe levels.