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SnoCountry SnoCast: Midwest Blizzard And The Winter Outlook


Loveland could see a few more inches this week. (Loveland/Dustin Schefer/Facebook)

Welcome into the week of Halloween! I don't want to spook you, but blizzard conditions are possible in parts of the country. Let's talk about what we can expect.

Winter weather alerts are in effect for parts of the Midwest Thursday and Friday for whiteout conditions. By Saturday morning parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive 3-6 inches of snow. Winds will reach up to 60 miles per hour creating blizzard conditions.

The chance of getting at least 4 inches of snow where blue is 10%, green is 40%, and red is 70%. (NOAA Weather Prediction Center)

Northern Minnesota will likely get the most amount of snowfall, including places such as Spirit Mountain and Powder Ridge. Also keep an eye on Wild Mountain

Snowfall forecast through Friday night. (NWS National Digital Forecast Database)

This storm will move across the Great Lakes Saturday and Sunday with more of a rain/snow mix with little to no additional snowfall. When this system nears the East it will be all rain Monday with a little snow Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is possible in the East, up to 2-4" of liquid. The week of Halloween will be cooler across the Great Lakes and Northeast with opportunities to make snow. 

 Forecast liquid precipitation Monday and Tuesday. (NOAA Weather Prediction Center)

Generally warmer-than-average conditions will prevail across West with two shots of cold and snow. The first shot comes southward Thursday and Friday from Wyoming to Colorado and New Mexico. Good news for the already-open Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, but also welcomed news for places such as Wolf Creek and Taos. Up to 4-8” of snow will be possible. The second shot comes in Monday into Halloween with an additional 4-8” possible.

Snowfall forecast through Friday night. Credit NWS National Digital Forecast Database

Finally, the 2017-2018 NOAA Winter Outlook is officially here. It suggests that we are likely to see cooler and wetter conditions across the northern part of the country, while areas farther south will likely be warmer and drier. This is based on the expectation of La Niña conditions (cooler water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean). Another update from NOAA regarding the winter outlook will be released November 16.

The likelihood of wetter-than-average conditions for the winter shown in green, drier-than-average conditions shown in brown. (NOAA)

The likelihood of colder-than-average conditions for the winter shown in blue, warmer-than-average conditions shown in red. (NOAA)

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