Heavy snow, freezing rain and high winds were expected through Saturday night, with heavy ice accumulations in parts of MI through Sunday morning.
The most extreme conditions on Friday are expected near the borders of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas as well central Texas and the western portions of Illinois, Tennessee and Mississippi.
tThe heaviest of snow looks to fall in northwest Siouxland where a lot of areas will see from 8-12 inches.
The huge storm, packing enough energy to cause widespread disruption, isn't unprecedented for April, said Jake Beitlich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
High wind warnings remain in effect until midnight Friday.
Saturday night: There's a 50 percent chance of rain with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 40 degrees and a low around 25 degrees.
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"The major storm to impact area", is expected to have winds gusting as high as 55 miles per hour, which will cause whiteout conditions with blowing snow and high snow drifts, the weather service reported.
The National Weather Service says Iowa accumulations of up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) could occur by the time the powerful system leaves the state early Sunday.
Strong to severe thunderstorms began developing in eastern areas of Kansas, and tornado watches were issued for the northeast and southeast corners of the state.
We are turning our attention to our next storm system which looks to arrive Friday into next weekend with more cold & snow possible.
Makes that Q-C forecast seem pretty tame, doesn't it?