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Snowy Thanksgiving week ahead for some truckers (with forecast video)

Worst conditions will hit Rockies and Great Lakes

Truckers trying to grab loads the next few days before heading home for Thanksgiving may hit roadblocks due to wintry weather. Periods of heavy snowfall will hit the Rockies Monday night and Tuesday, with snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Great Lakes. 

Some of the worst conditions will be across the Rockies in central and southwestern Colorado, where the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning. The warning does not include the downtown Denver area, but it does include the mountains to the south and west of the city.

High elevations above 8,000 feet could see 12 to 20 inches of snowfall plus wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph. Blowing snow could cause occasional whiteout conditions along portions of U.S. Highway 550, also known as the Million Dollar Highway. This stretch of road is one of the most dangerous for truckers during snowstorms. There is a silver lining — the storm will be a quick hitter, not lingering for days.

As the storm fades in the Rockies by midday Tuesday, it will get cranking in the Great Lakes. A messy mix of snow, sleet and icy weather will develop across several states, lasting through the night. There’s a good chance of delays in ground and air transportation in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago. By Wednesday, most of the precipitation will change to rainfall as temperatures rise after a warm front passes through the region.

The NWS has not issued any winter weather alerts yet for the Great Lakes, but may add some over the next couple of days. The odds of some areas receiving at least 4 inches of snowfall were around 40% as of Monday morning.

A new system could produce heavy snowfall Wednesday in the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, in addition to the northern Rockies of Idaho and Montana.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also 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 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” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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