Oct 11, 2019

"Potentially historic" October snowstorm expected to strike north-central U.S.

A snowstorm in Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A massive snowstorm is forecast to pummel the Northern Plains over the weekend, with 6-12 inches of snow projected to fall over the region, along with record-low temperatures, NBC News reports.

What they're saying: Isolated totals for Bismarck, and Fargo, North Dakota are expected to reach 18 inches, while "[r]ecord low temperatures" are possible across the western and central parts of the U.S. through Friday, NBC notes. Freezing rain, which began to strike New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, is anticipated to last through Friday, according to NBC New York.

The impact: Snow was already falling in parts of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado as of Thursday.

  • More than 20 inches was reported in Pony, Montana.
  • Meanwhile, NBC notes Denver saw 96 traffic accidents reported over a 3-hour stretch, and the capital city experienced a 54-degree temperature drop — a record-high for the day on Wednesday — immediately followed by a record-low as of midnight Thursday, the Washington Post reports.
  • Great Falls, Montana dropped to 0 degrees as of Thursday morning, its lowest October temperature on record.

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Snow storm strikes the Midwest

A snowstorm traveling from the west unloaded on Chicago Thursday, breaking a 96-year-old record of heavy snow, wind and cold temperatures, AccuWeather reports.

The big picture: The storm traveled northeast from eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin to northern Michigan where the total forecast is an average between 3–6 inches. Some areas surrounding Chicago picked up 2–3 inches of snow earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.

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Powerful wintry snowstorm dumps 2 feet of snow across Northern Plains

A powerful early season snowstorm closed roads, as it continued to pummel the Northern Plains with blizzard conditions Saturday. Parts of the plains were hit by more than 2 feet of snow, and 3-10 inches were set to fall overnight, ABC News reports.

What they're saying: The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center said, "Estimated observed snowfall over the past 72 hours depicts a rather large swath of 18-30 inches across portions of north central and northeast North Dakota." Forecasters warn some areas were set for the season's coldest night, with temperatures as low as 26 degrees expected overnight.

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Scoop: NBC News adding digital jobs, but laying off some staffers

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NBC News Digital is expanding its staff by 20% over the next year, an addition of roughly 70 jobs across multiple departments — focused on growing its digital streaming service, Axios has learned.

The big picture: The changes are meant to refocus NBC News' video and reporting teams around daily news and custom content.

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