Travel troubles and disruptions to daily routines will arise today from a snowstorm across the Midwest, as well as from blowing and drifting snow over the Plains. The winds whipping the snow across the Plains is making the air feel dangerously cold.
The most substantial snow will continue to press across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today into tonight. This includes Madison, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Accumulating snow is also in store for the Tennessee Valley, North Carolina and the Northeast through Friday. The East Regional News story has more information.
The snow across the Midwest is powdery in nature. Residents should not have difficulty shoveling, but slow commutes and flight delays can be expected. Some activities may get cancelled or postponed.
Most of the storm's snow has already fallen across the northern and central Plains, where biting winds have begun to howl. The winds, gusting to 40 mph at times, will have no trouble whipping around the powdery snow.
Travel will remain treacherous as blowing snow drops visibility down to near zero. Drifting snow will further clog roadways.
Be sure to pack a winter survival kit if you are planning to travel across the Plains and Midwest. If your vehicle becomes stuck, the brutal cold following the snowstorm could put you in a life-threatening situation.
The combination of the wind and bitter cold will create AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures of 20 to 40 below zero across the northern and central Plains today.