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Snowstorm alert in the US: What states are affected, when will it hit and how long will it last?

An alert has been issued in the US for the first major snowstorm of the season: Affected states, when it will arrive and how long it will last.

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Alert issued for a major snowstorm in the USA

As winter approaches residents of the northern United States are preparing to welcome the first major snowstorm of the season.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an alert warning of the potential for the accumulation of snow, which could range from 8 inches to 2 feet, depending on the affected areas.

Alert for major snow storm in the USA: States affected

The states that are forecast to be affected by the drop in temperatures and snowfall are Washington, Montana, North Dakota, northwest Wyoming and northern Idaho. According to NWS forecasts, the mountains of Montana will see snow accumulation of up to 18 inches, while at higher elevations, such as in the northern Rocky Mountains, the accumulation could reach up to 2 feet.

When will the storm arrive and how long will it last?

According to the NWS,the storm will arrive in waves. The first rains were present since Tuesday in low elevations in Washington, while the first wave of snow has already begun to fall in the mountainous areas, and will continue to spread through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota throughout the week, until the morning of Friday, October 27.

“Multiple waves of heavy snowfall will impact Montana & North Dakota tonight through Friday morning. More than 8 [inches] of snow is forecast for much of this area, with [1 to 2 feet] possible in higher terrain. Travel will become hazardous due to snow-covered or icy roads & poor visibility,” warns the National Weather Service.

According to statements by meteorologist Matt Ludwig, reported by NBC, central Montana will bear the brunt of the storm, so the accumulation of snow in that area will be greater.

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Storm track in real time

Below, we share an interactive map from Windy with the path of the snow storm in real time.

For more information and updates, visit the NWS social media channels as well as its official website.