It may be mid-April, but a major snowstorm will pummel parts of the Plains and Midwest.
Blizzard warnings have been posted in parts of the northern and central Plains. Some areas may pick up over a foot of snow from the northern Plains to northern Michigan.Freezing rain is also a threat from the Great Lakes to northern New England.
Winter Storm Xanto (pronounced ZAN-toe) is strengthening, and will produce blizzard conditions in the Plains, and a swath of heavy snow, even some ice, from the Upper Midwest into northern New England into early next week.
Blizzard warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service in parts of six states, including much of South Dakota and Nebraska, northeast Colorado, northwest Kansas, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Expect whiteout conditions, at times, with travel, particularly in rural areas, becoming impossible. Cities in this warning include Pierre, South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Goodland, Kansas, and North Platte, Nebraska.
Winter storm warnings extend from parts of Montana to the western Dakotas and western Nebraska, and are now in effect in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Minneaolis-St. Paul metro area. Difficult driving conditions can be expected in these warnings, including periods of blowing and drifting snow, gusty winds and downed tree limbs.
Winter storm watches extend into the upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes, from parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa into Wisconsin and most of Michigan, except southern Lower Michigan.
Winter weather advisories, for a mix of sleet, freezing rain and/or snow, have been issued farther east including parts of western, central and upstate New York and Vermont.
Xanto will be a slow-mover, and it may impact portions of the Great Lakes and Northeast through Tuesday night.