ALG Connect:Winter Storm Gerri Will Bring Another Round Of Snow, Wind From The West To Midwest, Northeast

Winter Storm Gerri Will Bring Another Round Of Snow, Wind From The West To Midwest, Northeast

Where Gerri is now: This next winter storm is spreading snow and lower elevation rain across portions of the West.

Gerri prompted blizzard warnings for mountain areas of Oregon and Washington earlier this week for the first time since 2012. Stevens Pass, Washington, reported blizzard conditions Tuesday and picked up 29 inches of snow in 30 hours through Tuesday evening.

Timing of wintry weather in the central and eastern states: Low pressure will emerge in the Plains Thursday. This system will then strengthen as it races into the Great Lakes and southeastern Canada Friday night and Saturday. Snow will fall in areas where moisture overlaps with cold air.

Plains, Midwest: Snow will increase Thursday in the Central Plains and Thursday night in areas as far east as southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northern Indiana. Snow will continue in much of the Midwest through Friday. Winds will be strong in some areas, which could limit visibility due to blowing snow.

Northeast: Snow or a mix of rain and snow is expected in the interior Northeast late Friday into Saturday. The Interstate 95 corridor will likely see another round of heavy rainfall. Flooding is possible, especially in locations where the ground is already saturated from heavy rain earlier this week that fell on snowpack from last weekend's winter storm.

Winds are a concern, too: As the low pressure deepens, winds will increase across the central and eastern U.S.

Strong winds will crank up in the Midwest on Friday and continue into Saturday as Gerri departs the region. The combination of gusty winds and snowfall will reduce visibility and lead to hazardous travel conditions. Near-whiteout conditions are possible in portions of the Plains.

The Northeast can expect another round of strong winds from Friday night through Sunday.

Downed trees and power outages are possible.