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Winter Storm Lucian to Finish Up in the Midwest Thursday With Snow, Ice and Strong Winds; Blizzard Warnings Issued
Lucian will continue to impact the Midwest on Thursday.
Accumulating snow and strong winds will affect the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
Blizzard warnings have been issued in parts of five states.
A narrow zone of additional icing is also likely in the Midwest.
Freezing rain, sleet and snow may cause slick travel in portions of northern New England.
Winter Storm Lucian will close out its multi-day journey across the United States with snow, ice and strong winds in the Midwest, including possible blizzard conditions.
Lucian was spreading snowfall across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes Thursday evening.
Visibility was down to a quarter mile or less in eastern North Dakota Thursday morning due to the snow and strong winds. That has prompted a closure of Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota.
Blizzard conditions were recorded Thursday afternoon in Fargo, Grand Forks and Grafton, North Dakota, Crookston, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota and near-blizzard conditions were recorded across the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota.
Freezing rain had accumulated up to a half-inch thick in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Pleasant Hill.
Numerous cars reportedly slid into ditches or couldn't make it up hilly roads due to ice in Green County, Wisconsin.
Winter Weather Alerts
Blizzard warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the eastern Dakotas, northwest Iowa, western and south-central Minnesota and the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dangerous travel conditions are likely due to poor visibility from snow and wind. Ground blizzard conditions may continue into the late evening hours in the Plains.
Various winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are also posted across several states from the Plains to the Great Lakes and northern New England.
Thursday-Thursday Night Forecast
Snow and strong winds will continue to affect the northern Plains, upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Blowing snow may cause reduced visibility and dangerous travel in those areas.
Several inches of snow are possible in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin through early Friday.
Blizzard conditions are possible in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with wind gusts up to 50 mph and low visibility.
Ground blizzard conditions are possible in parts of the northern Plains after Lucian pulls away due to gusty winds. Travel will be tricky, if not dangerous, in some spots.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain may linger in parts of northern New England through Thursday night.
Winter Storm Lucian Recap So Far
Winter Storm Lucian was a two-phase winter storm that brought ice and snow to large swaths of the West and North in early February. Phase one brought wintry precip to parts of the West, Midwest and Northeast from Feb. 3-6. Phase two brought snow to the Rockies beginning on Feb. 6.
Sunday night into Monday, more than 6 inches of snow coated parts of the Seattle metro area, including 9 inches northeast of downtown near Redmond and 8 inches just across Lake Washington from downtown in Bellevue. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officially picked up 2.7 inches of snow.
Snow was observed in coastal parts of Washington and Oregon as well.
Snow fell in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, Monday afternoon into early Tuesday. Parts of the Portland area saw up to 2 inches of snow.
Arizona: 18 inches in Jacob Lake; 10.1 inches in Flagstaff
California (storm totals from winter storms Kai and Lucian combined Saturday-Wednesday): Mammoth Mountain (132 inches); Kirkwood Ski Resort (92 inches); Kingvale (87 inches)
Colorado: 13 inches in Molas Pass and Wolf Creek Pass; 3.1 inches at Denver International Airport
Nevada: 40 inches in Incline Village; 2.7 inches in Reno
New Mexico: 8 inches in Jemez Springs
Oregon: 13 inches in Enterprise and Cornucopia; 3.7 inches in Pendleton; 1.5 inches in northeast Portland
Utah: Up to 13 inches in Salt Lake City; 14.5 inches in South Salt Lake City
Washington: 12.5 inches in Ahtanum; 11.5 inches near Yakima; 2.7 inches at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (heavier totals of 6 inches or more reported in other parts of the Seattle metro)
Wyoming: 8 inches near Clareton
Illinois: 0.28 inch of ice in Waukegan; 0.03 inches of ice at Chicago O'Hare Airport