Winter Storm Carter Bringing More Snow, Gusty Winds Sunday in the Plains, Upper Midwest, Northern New England

the weather.com meteorologists
Published: December 2, 2018

Winter Storm Carter still has some snow left to blanket the Midwest and northern New England after hammering parts of the Plains with heavy snow and strong winds, leading to travel headaches this first weekend of December.

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Winter storm warnings remain in effect for parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This area, including stretches of interstates 29, 35, 80 and 90, will be most prone difficult travel conditions. 

Winter weather advisories extend from the High Plains and into the U.P. of Michigan, as well as parts of northern New England. Travel could be difficult in these areas. 


Current Winter Weather Alerts

Happening Now

Snow continues to fall from the plains of Nebraska, South Dakota and northern Kansas into the Upper Mississippi Valley, northern Great Lakes and northern New England.


Current Radar

It is still snowing in the cities of Omaha and Des Moines, and has wrapped south into the Kansas City metro area. So far, 2 to 5 inches of snow has been reported in the Twin Cities metro area, while 4 to 6 inches has been reported in Omaha.

The Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel reported 3 inches of snow fell in just 3 hours overnight in Omaha. Up to 9 inches was reported across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Snow fell at the rate of 1.5 inches per hour early Sunday morning at the NWS office near the northern Michigan town of Gaylord. 

Up to 16 inches of snow was measured near Burke, South Dakota. Totals in excess of 6 inches have come in from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, western Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, western Iowa, northern and western Nebraska, southern and western South Dakota and parts of Wyoming.

Precipitation was changing to rain over most of northern New England after a round of freezing rain early Sunday morning in parts of western Maine and northern New Hampshire. Snow was increasingly confined to far northern Maine.

We have more storm reports from Winter Storm Carter below. First, let's touch on the rest of the forecast for this latest winter storm.

Through Sunday Night

- Areas of snow, possibly heavy, may persist in parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes, before slowly tapering off from west to east through the day and evening.
- Some lake-effect snow will persist into Sunday night in the Lake Superior snowbelt of the U.P. of Michigan.
- Snow, sleet and freezing rain will persist in parts of northern New England. The rain/snow/ice line will move northward through the day, with precipitation changing to rain by late afternoon or evening in all locations except perhaps far northern Maine.


Sunday's Outlook

Additional Snow/Ice Forecast

- Plains/Midwest: Most areas will see less than 6 additional inches of snow Sunday, from Nebraska to northern Michigan. The Lake Superior snowbelts of the U.P. of Michigan, however, will likely pick up over 6 additional inches.
- Winds in the Plains and Upper Midwest Sunday will lead to areas of reduced visibility and hazardous road conditions. Some stretches of roads may be forced to close for a time.
- Parts of northern Maine may pick up another 5 inches or more of snow Sunday. 
- Otherwise, other parts of northern New England are transitioning to rain.

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Snowfall Outlook

Snowfall Totals So Far

Here are a few selected snowfall totals by state:

Arizona: 10 inches at North Rim of Grand Canyon; 6.5 inches near Flagstaff
California: 53 inches at Mammoth Mountain
Colorado: 13.5 inches near Skyway; 1 inch in Denver
Idaho: 12.2 inches near Burley; 8 inches in Pocatello
Iowa: 9 inches in Ashton and Council Bluffs; 3.2 inches near Sioux City; 0.10 inch of ice in Humbolt
Kansas: 4 inches in Dresden
Michigan: 8 inches at NWS-Marquette office in Negaunee and in Ishpeming
Minnesota: 11 inches near Lakefield and in Sherburn; 8 inches in Mankato; 2.8 inches at Mpls./St. Paul International Airport
Montana: 6 inches near Great Falls
Nebraska: 14 inches near Mullen; 7 inches near North Platte; 4 inches at Omaha (Eppley Airfield)
Nevada: 20 inches at Mount Rose Ski Resort
New Mexico: 7 inches near Chupadero
North Dakota: 0.18 inches of ice in Hazen
South Dakota: 16 inches near Burke; 8 inches in Yankton
Utah: 4 inches in Dinosaur Quarry
Wisconsin: 8 inches in Tomah; 7 inches at NWS-La Crosse; 1.3 inches in Green Bay
Wyoming: 17 inches estimated near Jackson Hole; up to 8 inches near Sundance

This system brought feet of snow to California's Sierra on Thursday, including 53 inches of fresh snow at Mammoth Mountain. 

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon received 10 inches of snowfall, while the National Weather Service office near Flagstaff reported 6.5 inches Friday morning.

A somewhat narrow swath of 6 inches or more of snow was reported from western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota to northern Nebraska, southern and western South Dakota into northeast Wyoming. 

A few mountain locations, such as the Tetons of western Wyoming and the high country of western Colorado picked up over a foot of snow from Winter Storm Carter. 


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