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2nd blizzard of season to eye north-central US during 1st weekend of December

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A storm responsible for sending drenching rain and mountain snow into California and the Southwest states to end this week will produce blizzard conditions over a portion of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest this weekend.

Snow that develops over the northern Plains during Friday night will expand to the northwestern Great Lakes region on Saturday. Blizzard conditions are forecast to unfold on Saturday over the northern Plains and continue into Sunday.

Rain is forecast to spread from the central Plains during late Friday to the central Great Lakes region on Saturday.

Farther south, the same storm has the potential to produce severe weather over the lower Mississippi Valley.

While the storm will spare Chicago a blizzard and Kansas City, Missouri, heavy snow, it may reach Minneapolis and blast Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with windswept, heavy snow.

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Chicago is expected to receive a little wintry precipitation on Thursday but not from the upcoming major storm.

Even though there is still some wiggle room in terms of the exact track of the storm, the swath of heaviest snow and strongest winds is likely to extend from parts of western and central Nebraska to portions of South Dakota, northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

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Part of this area is likely to receive 6-12 inches of snow with the potential for 18 inches in localized areas.

Denver is forecast to receive a bit of rain and snow on Friday, but the worst of the storm may dodge the city and major airport hub.

Around Omaha, Nebraska, a close call between blizzard conditions and a mixture of rain and snow is setting up for this weekend. A southward shift in the storm track could put the zone of heavy snow in the city.

Where the storm from last weekend focused on the Interstate-80 corridor of the Plains and Midwest, this storm is likely to focus along a large swath of I-90 and U.S. Route 20 of the Plains. However, some portions of I-80 in Nebraska may also experience dangerous travel conditions.

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People planning on venturing cross country through this region should consider choosing an alternative, more southern route, leaving early or delaying the trip before the storm begins.

Even though snow is not in the offing from the storm for Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and St. Louis, enough rain and windy conditions can occur to cause airline delays and urban flooding for motorists and pedestrians to make for travel difficulties.

The same storm, combined with a press of cold air, is forecast to produce snow over parts of Montana and Wyoming this weekend. Travel is likely to deteriorate along I-15, I-25, I-90 and I-94 in this area as the blizzard unfolds farther east.

Snow is likely to remain south of much of North Dakota and perhaps northern Minnesota.

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