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Drivers facing two snowstorms this week (with forecast video)

One storm will hit the Great Lakes, the other the Northwest

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After a fairly quiet weekend, truckers will run into wintry storms in two regions of the country — one in the East, one in the West.

Storm 1

A medium- to high-impact storm will dump snowfall from the Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes and southeastern Canada. Places such as Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, as well as Charleston, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh could see up to 3 or 4 inches of snowfall through Tuesday. Meanwhile, 8 to 18 inches could pile up in areas just downwind of lakes Michigan and Erie. These include far northwestern Indiana; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; in addition to Jamestown and Orchard Park, New York. Rain will change to snow Tuesday in Toronto, with a few inches of snowfall accumulating. Heavy lake effect snowfall could linger on Wednesday across western New York.

Gusty winds will also be an issue, causing blowing snow and periods of whiteout conditions on Interstates 70, 76, 80 and 90.

On the warm side of the storm, heavy rain could delay drivers along the I-95 corridor from the mid-Atlantic to New England. Wind gusts could reach 40 to 55 mph, but thunderstorms may produce severe winds of 60-plus mph in some spots from eastern North Carolina to Philadelphia. A few tornadoes could pop up too.

Storm 2

Moderate to heavy snowfall Monday will hit portions of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon, fading tonight. High elevations may see up to 6 inches, with light freezing rain possible in lower elevations. This could slow down freight flows on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and on U.S. Highway 2 over Stevens Pass. As this storm exits the Cascades, the snowfall will head to the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, affecting travel on I-70 west of Denver.

Other notable weather this week

Other areas of high winds Monday and Monday night include southeastern Oregon, southeastern Arizona (Tucson metropolitan area) and southern California (just north and east of Los Angeles). Gusts in these regions will range from 40 to 50 mph.

There is also a high risk of rollovers along I-80 in southeastern Wyoming, where gusts will hit 60 to 65 mph.

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Nick Austin

Nick is a meteorologist with 20 years of forecasting and broadcasting experience. He was nominated for a Midsouth Emmy for his coverage during a 2008 western Tennessee tornado outbreak. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Tech. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.