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Snowstorm coming to Midwestern U.S., Santa Ana to California

Staff Writer |
This mild weekend may have lulled Midwesterners into believing winter was far away, but this week's snowstorm and arctic blast will be a rude awakening.

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Dry and mild conditions will be swiftly replaced by chilly and snowy ones across the Dakotas and much of Minnesota. Periods of rain will pester those in southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

“The heaviest snow will fall across eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota Monday and Monday night, with lighter snow continuing into Tuesday; high snow rates throughout the day Monday can lead to snow-covered and slippery roads,” warned AccuWeather Meteorologist Maura Kelly.

A storm sweeping across the Plains on Monday will slam areas from Little Rock, Arkansas, to near Chicago with potentially heavy thunderstorms, leading to localized wind damage and flooding.

While these storms could cause problems along major highways in the area, as well as airline delays, the weather on the other side of the storm is expected to be more disruptive.

Moderate- to-strong Santa Ana winds will whip through Southern California most of this week, keeping residents and firefighters on edge for rapidly-spreading wildfires.

The prolonged wind event and high fire risk will commence across Southern California starting at the end of the weekend as high pressure settles into the Great Basin.

Residents will have to use extreme caution with cigarette butts, campfires and any equipment that produces sparks through this week.

The air gets dramatically dried out as winds blow from inland areas to the coast, putting Southern California at significant risk for any sparks or embers to grow into larger blazes that the winds can make uncontrollable.

The winds may also down trees and power lines. In addition to causing power outages, the sparks from downed lines and transformers may also start fires.

Lives, including those of firefighters, and property can be threatened by rapidly-spreading wildfires. Residents in wind-prone areas should be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

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