Winter Storm Saturn and it’s Path
Winter Storm Saturn will continue laying down a heavy swath of snow from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley.
Let’s lay out the “who, what and how much” bullet points:
On Tuesday 3/5/13
- Snow: Ends in the northern Plains, continues in the Upper Mississippi Valley, spreading into the Ohio Valley and western Great Lakes. Snow will spread into the central Appalachians Tuesday night.
- Heaviest snow: Eastern Minnesota, eastern Iowa, western/far southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, northern Indiana, then into western Ohio and the central Appalachians by evening.
- Commute Impacts: Minneapolis/St. Paul |Chicago | Indianapolis | Columbus
- Airport Impacts: Chicago O’Hare(cancellations/delays) | Mpls./St. Paul(delays, some cancellations)
- Interstate impacts: I-94 (N.D. to southwest Mich.), I-90 (Minn. to northern Ohio), I-80 (Ia. to northern Ohio), I-35 (Ia./Minn.)
On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 3/6-3/8
After leaving a snowy footprint from Washington State to the Ohio Valley, Saturn will the become a powerful low shifting off the East Coast.
March has a notorious history for major storms. Among the most infamous:
- March 1993 “Superstorm”
- Ash Wednesday 1962
- Mar. 2-5, 1960 coastal storm
- Blizzard of 1888 (New York City)
There are two key uncertainties regarding the snowfall forecast in the East:
- Snowfall totals in Washington, D.C. metro.
- Placement of the heavy snow swath in New England.
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