Pre-Thanksgiving Storm Brings Lingering Snow and Strong Winds to Great Lakes and Midwest

weather.com meteorologists
Published: November 27, 2019

A pre-Thanksgiving storm will bring more snow and strong winds to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes Wednesday evening after burying the Front Range of the Rockies earlier in the week.

The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Dorothy.

Snow and gusty winds continue Wednesday evening from the upper Mississippi Valley into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. More blowing and drifting snow are expected in these areas, resulting in dangerous travel conditions.

The snow will taper off from southwest to northeast later Wednesday evening.


Current Radar and Winds

Strong winds are also affecting a large area of the Midwest, and those winds will spread farther east Wednesday night.

High wind warnings and wind advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service from portions of the Midwest into the mid-South, Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and interior Northeast. Areas in a high wind warning (dark purple in map below) could see gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

Those winds might contribute to flight delays or cause localized power outages and tree damage.


Winter Weather and Wind Alerts

Storm Recap

Snowfall from this storm was heaviest in the Colorado Front Range, where the top total was 40.5 inches at Buckhorn Mountain, in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Boulder picked up 22.1 inches of snowfall.

Snow totals in excess of 6 inches were also measured in parts of eight other states from the Central Plains to the upper Midwest.

Here's a look at top snow totals by state.

Colorado: 40.5 inches at Buckhorn Mountain; 22.1 inches in Boulder; 9.5 inches at Denver International Airport

Iowa: 8.6 inches in Sanborn; 7 inches in Storm Lake

Kansas: 9.5 inches in Bird City; 7.5 inches in Goodland

Michigan: 13.5 inches in Ishpeming

Minnesota: 11 inches in New Prague; 8.3 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Nebraska: 11.5 inches near Lyman; 8.2 inches in Grand Island

South Dakota: 7 inches near Tea; 5 inches in Yankton

Wisconsin: 12 inches in Gile; 9.5 inches in Rhinelander

Wyoming: 28 inches near Battle Lake; 12 inches in Cheyenne

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