A fast-hitting winter storm, referred to as a "Saskatchewan screamer," is forecast to lash parts of the Northern Plains, Midwest, Southeast and Tennessee Valley. The storm system, which originated in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is set to begin Thursday night and last throughout the weekend, possibly even into early next week. Saskatchewan screamer AccuWeather The incoming weather system is anticipated to move through a series of acts, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter. The Northern Plains and Upper Midwest are first in the storm's forecasted track, where several inches of snow are expected to fall overnight Thursday and into Friday morning. Stretches of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois are under winter storm warnings beginning late Thursday night. Patchy, blowing snow and wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible, the National Weather Service forecast. In South Dakota, wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph, the NWS said. Areas north of Fargo, North Dakota, and south of Des Moines, Iowa, could see up to a foot of snow, while other parts of North Dakota, Illinois and Missouri are at risk of seeing up to six inches, Porter said. Areas in Minnesota and North and South Dakota could see up to 10 inches of accumulated snow. "Difficult driving conditions are likely throughout this region as roads become snow covered," the NWS said. "Visibility will also be greatly reduced within heavy snowbands with rates up to 1"/hr and during periods of gusty winds." A fast moving winter storm will bring a swath of heavy snowfall from North Dakota into northern Missouri beginning this evening. Snowfall rates may reach 1"/hr at times, and travel will likely become hazardous. pic.twitter.com/upMGv2Kgp6 — NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) January 13, 2022 The storm will then make its way south, moving as far as southeast Oklahoma and Arkansas before pivoting towards Tennessee, Porter said. Portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia are under winter storm watches over the weekend. With the incoming storm system, Nashville could end up with more accumulated snow so far this winter season than both Milwaukee and Chicago. "That's pretty impressive," Porter said. Meanwhile, Atlanta, which hasn't seen snow in the las . . . read the full article here.