From blizzards to tornadoes to extreme temperature drops, a wild weather week ahead


Old Man Winter isn’t giving up without a fight.

A potent storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions to portions of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest this week, where some spots could see as much as 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm will get started Tuesday, and snow is likely over much of the northern Rockies by the evening. It will pick up in intensity as it moves into the central USA by Wednesday and into Thursday.

In much of the region, travel “may become difficult to impossible,” the weather service warned. “Road closures are possible, potentially including along stretches of Interstates 29, 80 and 90,” the Weather Channel said.

The heaviest snow will be in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue. Blizzard warnings will probably be issued in those states.

Minneapolis/St. Paul will be the largest metro area in the path of the snowstorm. The weather service in Minnesota said snow may be heavy at times: as much as 2 inches of snow per hour.

Snowfall in the Twin Cities in April isn’t unheard of:  The area got 13.8 inches on a single day in April 1983.