Winter safety and preparation
- The winter storm Oren will spread the snow from west-central to northeast until Monday.
- Dangerous travel conditions are likely in areas where Oren drops snow that accumulates.
- The trip on Monday morning could be complicated in the Boston area.
Winter storm Oren has brought snow to the Midwest this weekend and will move northeast until Monday.
Here is what to expect from this last winter storm.
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The snow from the winter storm Oren will create dangerous travel conditions between the northern plains, the upper Midwest, the southern Great Lakes and the northeast, until Sunday evening.
Some parts of the metropolitan area of Des Moines, in Iowa, had seen 8 to 9 inches of snow from Oren Sunday afternoon. Snow totals of 5 to 7 inches had been measured in the Omaha area of Nebraska.
3 to 5 inches of snow was reported in Madison, Wisconsin, Sunday afternoon. The O'Hare International Airport in Chicago measured just over an inch of snow.
A row of winter storm warnings and winter weather reports have been published from South Dakota and Nebraska Northeast in parts of the Upper Midwest, Southern Great Lakes and Northeast.
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The snow will move in the northeast Sunday night and Monday while it was gradually clearing in the Midwest. All the snow will have ended in the northeast on Monday night.
Most locations in the Midwest and Northeast will have light accumulations of 3 inches or less, but some localized areas may see larger amounts. The extreme southeast of New England is a place where higher snow totals could approach half a foot.
The snow can make Monday morning's trip difficult in the Boston area, although the good news is that Monday is a holiday, which can help limit the impacts in this area.
A second storm system will closely follow the tracks of the winter storm Oren, spreading snow and ice from the west to the west-central and north-east in the middle of the week. Click on the link below for more details on this next system.
(MORE: Second weather system to bring snow and ice from west to west-central and north-east)
Oren Winter Snow Reports
Here are some reports of snowfall selected by state of Winter Storm Oren.
- Illinois: 3.6 inches to Milledgeville; 2.5 inches to Rockford; 1.2 inches in Chicago O Hare
- Iowa: 10.5 inches in Van Meter; 8 to 9 inches in Des Moines
- Michigan: 4 inches near Beechwood and Big Bay
- Minnesota: 6.5 inches near Freeburg; 4.3 inches in Austin
- Montana: 14 inches near Baker and Broadus
- Nebraska: 8 inches in Tekamah; 5 to 7 inches to Omaha
- South Dakota: 18 inches near Usta; 6.2 inches in Rapid City
- Wisconsin: 6.5 inches to Lancaster; 3 to 5 inches in Madison
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