Winter storm forecast for Rockies, Great Plains

Updated Dec 3, 2018

Get ready to chain up if your driving takes you through the middle of the country now through the weekend.

The National Weather Service says a large Pacific storm system will head east across the Rocky Mountains and into the Great Plains today through Sunday. Accumulating and blowing snow are expected to begin over portions of Nebraska and South Dakota by Saturday morning. Snow and blowing snow is expected to head toward the Great Lakes by Sunday.

As November gives way to December, the weather service warns:

  • travel conditions will deteriorate with as much as 12 inches of snow and blowing snow across southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska Saturday morning
  • winter storm warnings, watches, and advisories are in effect for eastern Montana, northeast Wyoming, western South Dakota, northern Nebraska, southern Minnesota and northern Iowa
  • snow and blowing snow will make driving difficult in the upper Great Lakes by Sunday
  • snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected in northern New England this weekend
  • violent storms packing hail, high winds, and possible tornadoes are forecast in parts of Texas, Oklahoma,  and the lower Mississippi Valley later today and overnight