Watching weekend snowfall chances

Will this week's southerly storm track persist?

Nebraska and Iowa won the snowfall lottery this week.

Monday’s major winter storm skirted just south of Minnesota. The system dumped heavy snow from near Omaha through Iowa to Milwaukee and Chicago. Several locations picked up more than a foot of snow.

Snowfall totals this week
Snowfall totals this week
NOAA

Totals over 15 inches fell in eastern Nebraska.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals
Omaha NWS office

Several locations recorded the snowiest day in decades.

Weekend snow chances

The storm track remains active across the Midwest next weekend. Early indications are the storm track favors placing the heaviest snow bands across Iowa and northern Illinois once again.

Here’s an early look at one possible storm track from NOAA’s GFS model.

NOAA GFS model this weekend
NOAA GFS model this weekend
NOAA via tropical tidbits

This storm track would likely bring some snow to Minnesota. But snowfall totals would be lighter than what fell with last weekend’s system.

If the storm track shifts further north, snowfall forecasts for Minnesota will increase.

Stay tuned for possible forecast changes as we head toward the weekend.

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