Thanksgiving travelers, watch out: A big winter storm is expected across the heartland this weekend that could include dangerous whiteout driving conditions, Weather.com reports. Propelled by a jet stream plunge and a low-pressure system, Winter Storm Bruce is expected to push through the Rockies and into the Plains, turning into a serious Midwest snow-and-wind swirl by late Sunday. Among the details:
- Southwestern Nebraska, northwestern Kansas, and the extreme east of Colorado all have blizzard warnings with dangerous driving conditions expected by Sunday morning.
- Anyone motoring through the central and northern Rockies should expect winter storms and tough travel through early Sunday. Winter storm watches, advisories, and warnings are also in effect for travelers in eastern Wyoming, northern Missouri, southern Michigan and Iowa. Interstate 80 drivers may see dangerous conditions including whiteouts.
- A grueling snow-rain combination is expected to reach some of North Dakota, South Dakota's Black Hills, and western Nebraska. A similar mix or just plain snow will fall in the central Plains by late Saturday.
- With winds reaching up to 65mph in the West Saturday, winter-storm conditions are expected to reach the central plains and Great Lakes on Sunday. Heavy snow and winds are probably hitting Detroit and Chicago Sunday afternoon, meaning Motor City airports and O'Hare International Airport could get snarled, per USA Today.
- Several inches of snow may fall quickly on Sunday in a swath from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois into southern Iowa and northern Missouri.
- As the work week unfolds, Bruce will reach southeastern Canada and rain will fall in the Northeast starting late Sunday, possibly becoming snow between northern New England and West Virginia.
- Snow could also fall heavily over the weekend from northern Missouri or southern Iowa into Wisconsin, Illinois, and lower Michigan.
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