The National Weather Service said the inclement weather stems from a powerful transcontinental storm that has hammered the western U.S. During Thanksgiving, it moved east and is now expected to bring up to 12 inches of snow to parts of the Great Lakes region.
Heavy snow can be expected from the eastern Dakotas to northern MI on Sunday, with potential snowfall accumulations on the order of 6 to 12 inches, the NWS said.
Forecasters said a new storm is expected to bring several feet of mountain snow, rain and gusty winds to California through the weekend.
"It wouldn't surprise me if it was maybe a little more than that", Watson said. "Basically, it's coming in two rounds".
RUDD, IOWA - NOVEMBER 27: A truck removes snow and ice from Highway 18 on November 27, 2019 near Rudd, Iowa.
Central Maine Power Co. said Saturday that it was closely monitoring weather forecasts and preparing to respond to potential power outages that could occur as a result of the snowstorm.
The system has already dumped heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. This is where the biggest travel headaches will likely be felt Saturday into Sunday. Most of the snow will come down on Sunday. Another system is forecast to develop in the mid-Atlantic Sunday, moving into a nor'easter by Monday.
Washington probably won't have any snow and Philadelphia will be mainly rain. The Governor also announced 524,000 tons of salt is available to help combat black ice and snowy roads. The situation was similar out west at the San Francisco International Airport, where some flights were delayed due to strong winds.
Much of interior MA could get up to a foot of snow.
Back-to-back snowstorms and strong winds have combined to make travel hard to impossible across much of Wyoming as wintry causes serious complications for post-Thanksgiving holiday travel while a powerful storm moves east toward the Midwest.
That was added to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow that fell before Thanksgiving.
As of Sunday morning, the South Dakota Department of Transportation reported that Interstate 90 remained closed from Chamberlain west to the Wyoming border.
Harbor Drive is closed near the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Saturday because of flooding amid blizzard conditions affecting Duluth.
Travel was also hard in Colorado on Saturday as winds blew around snow that had fallen in previous days.