Following brief lull, forecasters say another winter storm looms for central, eastern US

Weekend storm will be operating on stale Arctic cold air, and will crawl eastward, rather than northward and is also likely to hook up with the jet stream level of the atmosphere.

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – January 21, 2020 – A new round of travel problems associated with the next winter storm will spread from the central United States to the Northeast following a lull from snow and ice for a time this week.

The storm is destined to bring wintry precipitation and travel problems over a broad swath, even though Arctic air in place to start this week will grow stale and trend milder over time. First, a weak storm producing rain and mountain snow in in the Four Corners region will swing eastward at midweek.

"That preliminary storm will bring a bit of snow and a wintry mix to portions of the central Plains and Upper Midwest during Tuesday night and Wednesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz said.

"The main storm to affect the Central and Northeastern states will take shape a short time later and will capture the midweek storm before moving along," Benz said.

During Wednesday night to Friday, a swath of snow from the main storm is forecast to extend from parts of northeastern Kansas to northern Michigan.

While only up to a few inches of snow are likely to fall in this swath, enough can fall to make some roads slippery in the Interstate 35, I-80 and I-90 corridors. Cities that have the potential to receive up to a few inches of snow or a combination of rain and snow include Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis and perhaps Chicago.

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