Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, January 04, 2014
A strong winter storm will continue moving across the northern states on Saturday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds to the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Great Lakes. Throughout the day on Saturday, the strong low pressure system will quickly move from the northern Plains through the Great Lakes and into eastern Canada by Saturday night. Strong winds associated with this system will create blizzard conditions across North Dakota and northern Minnesota with wind up to 50 mph. This will cause dangerous roads and travel conditions due to poor visibility associated with blowing snow and white outs. A blizzard warning will remain in effect for North Dakota through midday on Saturday. The back side of this system will pull more cold air in from Canada. Wind chill advisories have been issued across Minnesota and Wisconsin as temperatures will range from 20 to 30 degrees below zero, with strong winds pushing wind chill values down to 50 to 60 degrees below zero Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wind chills at 50 degrees below zero can cause exposed skin to freeze within 5 to 10 minutes. Please take caution and cover up when outdoors across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Out West, the tail end of a cold front associated with this system will bring scattered snow showers Colorado and Wyoming on Saturday, with a few lingering snow showers expected over Montana. Just to the west, expect strong winds with little precipitation to develop across Utah and Nevada.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -31 degrees at Ely, Minn. to a high of 81 degrees at Santee, Calif.