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Plains, upper Midwest in path of new winter storm

2:32 PM, Feb 9, 2013   |    comments
A pedestrian crosses Broadway Street in Winona, Minn., on Jan. 30, 2013, as heavy snow falls in the morning. Minnesota is expected to get hit with a variety of precipitation in a weekend storm. (Photo: Andrew Link, AP)
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While the Northeast digs out from the monster blizzard, another winter storm is forecast to pound the Plains and upper Midwest today and Sunday with up to a foot of snow and high winds.

Blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings are in place in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Travel will be treacherous today and Sunday along stretches of I-29, I-80, I-90 and I-94 in these states, reports AccuWeather metoeorologist Alex Sosnowski.

He adds that an area of ice will be the cause of dangerous travel over southeastern Minnesota and much of Wisconsin on Sunday.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro will be on the southern end of the impacts from this winter storm, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce. They will likely get a variety of wintry precipitation, from rain to sleet to snowfall.

However, other than the travel troubles, most of the drought-plagued region will welcome the precipitation.

South of the wintry weather, rain is forecast farther south over much of eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Strong to locally severe thunderstorms are in store over part of the Mississippi Delta to northeastern Texas tonight and into Sunday.

Sosnowski reports that this storm will move into the Northeast by Monday, and has the potential to bring enough rain and warmer air in southern areas of the Northeast to cause urban flooding problems, where snow remains on the ground. Many storm drains will be clogged with snow.

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

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