In a year where winter has been hard to find, it's finally making itself known across the northern United States. The Northwest is seeing a multi-day winter storm that has over 200,000 without power on Puget Sound. The good news for Seattle and surrounding area is that temperatures are forecast to rise this weekend. This will keep any upcoming precipitation in the form of rain.
Cold air has settled in across the northern quarter of the U.S. Current temperatures in North Central Minnesota are currently below zero.
This, along with the winds, are creating dangerous wind chills across parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
There are already Winter Weather Advisories out across the Upper Midwest through Friday evening.
Most areas are expecting around 2-4" of snow through Friday evening. Chicago's expecting 4-6" of snow and Milwaukee is expecting 3-5".
The storm should then move into the Northeast for Saturday. Again, most areas are expecting 1-3", however, Pittsburgh is in a narrow band that is expecting 3-5" of snow from Friday night through Saturday.