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Wintry conditions won't quit as strong storm rakes Midwest

Posted at 2:23 PM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 14:23:28-04

Blizzard warnings are in effect for the northern plains to northern Michigan.

And freezing rain is threatened across the Great Lakes to the east coast. Parts of Michigan are bracing for a weekend ice storm.

Meteorologists are calling the storm, Winter Storm Xanto (pronounced ZAN-toe). They are saying Xanto will be a slow-mover and we could see wet and cold weather through Tuesday.

In our neck of the woods, you can expect rain, and a lot of it. Possibly freezing rain and ice in mid-Michigan on Saturday.

And on Sunday, we could see snow, sleet or freezing rain across lower Michigan.

Already on Friday, blizzard conditions have shut down a long stretch of Interstate 90 in South Dakota.

A National Weather Service blizzard warning covers an area including most of Nebraska and sprawls from northeast Colorado to southeast Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says parts of Nebraska could get up to 14 inches of snow, with up to 10 inches in Iowa. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph will make travel hazardous.

Forecasters say there is a risk of tornadoes south and east of the expected snow, with the focus of that activity in Arkansas on Friday.