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Storm to streak through midwestern US with snow, slick travel through Friday

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A storm will lay a swath of snow and slick travel across the Midwest through Friday, with some areas expected to pick up their first accumulating snowfall of the season.

Enough snow is expected to fall to create slick conditions for drivers and make snow shoveling necessary in some communities.

Into Thursday evening, snow will spread along the Interstate 70 and I-80 corridors of Kansas and Nebraska.

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Where snow falls lightly during the day, accumulations will be mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces, as opposed to roadways. However, any heavier burst of snow can quickly create a slippery covering on untreated paved surfaces and heighten the risk of vehicle spinouts.

A mix of rain and snow can fall as far south as Guymon, Oklahoma; and Wichita, Kansas; on Thursday.

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On Thursday night into Friday morning, the core of the snow is expected to sweep through northern Missouri into southeastern Iowa and northern and central Illinois, including Chicago.

A few snowflakes can even mix in with rain around the St. Louis metro area.

"With the snow coming at night and with low temperatures at or below freezing, snow will likely stick to roads, especially bridges and overpasses," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

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Commuters into Chicago on Friday morning should allow themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

"This will be the first measurable snow (0.1 of an inch or more) of the season in some areas, so drivers may not yet be acclimated to driving in winter conditions," Adamson noted.

If you haven't done so already, make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold and snow.

Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Chicago are among the cities that can receive their first measurable snow of the season with this event, as a coating to an inch or two of snow is expected to accumulate.

These cities received their first snowflakes of the season in October, but amounts were under 0.1 of an inch.

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"The snow will move northward into Michigan on Friday, with as much as 3-6 inches expected in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula," Adamson said.

Locally higher amounts are expected where snow bands pivot around on the back side of the storm and are enhanced by lakes Michigan and Superior.

Strengthening winds around the storm will blow around the snow, creating dangerous travel conditions with localized whiteouts.

A separate area of snow showers will sweep out of the northern Plains and may briefly whiten Iowa at the end of the week, but this batch of snow will be more of a nuisance compared to what will be ongoing in Michigan.

Snow will exit Chicagoland in time for Friday afternoon and evening commuters, but the gusty winds will make for turbulent takeoffs and landings for airline passengers out of O'Hare and Midway.

While calmer weather will move into much of the region on Saturday, lake-effect snow will continue to stream off of lakes Michigan and Superior.

The lake-effect snow machine will also be in full force in the Northeast at the start of the weekend.


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