Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel

A snow band is forming in southeastern North Dakota and into western Minnesota and is expected to continue southeastward.

Atlanta, New York City, Boston and Houston - most of which fall in Winter Storm Eboni's path - are likely to be the most congested over the next few days.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west.

Additional rainfall from Thursday through Saturday could amount to 3 to 5 inches of rain along the Gulf Coast.

Strong northeasterly winds with gusts to 60 kilometres per hour.

Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

In Mankato, snow is expected to begin falling mainly after noon on Wednesday. It also could get several inches of snow Wednesday night, as well as up to 7 inches on Thursday, the weather service said.

Whether it's snow, a wintry mix, or freezing rain, gusty winds will reduce visibility, and roads will be messy, so travel will be poor across the Northland through Thursday. A winter storm warning may be required for these regions later.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of northwest Wisconsin from tonight until Thursday afternoon. However, the weather service is forecasting little if any ice accumulation. Then as the storm moves out of the area Friday, and rain will turn back to some lingering snow with some minor accumulation in spots by the end of the day.

Severe weather, including damaging winds and an isolated tornado, is also possible on Thursday from Alabama to Louisiana to Mississippi. The snow will continue into Friday over parts of the Upper Midwest and Ontario, Canada.

- The Twin Cities and greater Minnesota are bracing for wintry weather that is expected to hit Wednesday night and last into Thursday and Friday.