The next target of the re-strengthening storm will be the northern Plains spanning Friday night into Saturday night.
Since the storm is forecast to keep moving at a steady pace, accumulation over a foot on the northern Plains are not likely.
Cold Blast Follows the Storm
The air behind the storm is substantially cold. Temperatures in portions of Alaska dipped to 40 degrees below zero north of this storm Tuesday morning. Some of that air will drive southward into western Canada but will moderate upon nearing the United States.
Although not like dead-of-the-winter cold for the northern Plains, it will have shock value. It is likely to bring the lowest AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures of the season so far this weekend for many areas, including Montana, the Dakotas and much of Minnesota.
Where there is snow on the ground, temperature may be no better than the 20s for daytime highs for a couple of days. Nighttime lows near zero to the single digits will be common, again in areas where there is snow on the ground.
Despite the cold shot coming this weekend into early next week, it does not appear that arctic cold will lock in for Thanksgiving. Temperatures are forecast to moderate during next week over the northern Plains.