Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

MDOT ready for storm as city declares snow emergency

MDOT ready for storm as city declares snow emergency

"It's going to continue to build", said 660 NEWS meteorologist Andrew Schultz. Up to two more inches were expected between overnight from Friday to Saturday morning.

Snow has started to fall in Great Falls and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.

Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible.

A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Great Falls and will continue under tomorrow afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from late tonight through Friday evening. The northern extent of the snow will not be quite as heavy, and the duration of the event will not last as long north of the Tri-Cities. The advisory, according to NWS, "means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties".

A fast-moving storm is expected to drop up to 10 inches of snow Wednesday afternoon and evening in parts of western and central ME, with lesser amounts in eastern, coastal and northern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect Thursday all the way from Montana to MI. This system will be quite a bit different from the one we saw on Monday as snow is expected to fall over a much longer period of time and the wind direction and speed will be almost opposite. Wind chill values as low as -2.

Snow will move in from the southwest and expand northeast, impacting the early morning commute, especially the farther south and west you are.

Generally, northern counties can expect 3-6 inches of fresh snow by the end of the day Friday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was gearing up for three more rounds of snow through the weekend. With diminished snow/flurries and temperatures in the 20s Friday afternoon, melting will be minimal on untreated roads and streets, making driving still slow and hard in many areas.

Staff with the roads department is working regular shifts until the snow begins to fall, in that case all available employees will be called to work throughout the storm to plow the roads.

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