Denver is About to Experience Summer and Winter Temperatures Within 24 Hours

Minnie Murray
April 11, 2019

The setup for this storm is a classic mix of April ingredients. It'll be a narrow stripe advancing from the west, so some of us - particularly in the South Zone - may not see much from this. Drier, warmer air could move into parts of northern Wisconsin as the storm winds down, slightly eating into snow totals as the precipitation becomes mixed or changes over to rain.

Because most of the U.S. Plains, High Plains, and Upper Midwest winter snow has melted, a major factor for the current storms is how fast this current snow will melt.

The storm is also renewing fears of flooding to a part of the country where massive flooding over the past month has caused billions of dollars in damage.

It is the only county in the entire state that is not under a National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning that begins Wednesday night and runs through Friday morning. Additional winter storm watches will likely be issued for other areas in the path of this storm.

Areas below 9,000 feet in Grand County can now expect between four to eight inches of snow by Thursday, according to the weather service.

Breckenridge should anticipate snow this morning, with winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour later in the day and a total accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Rain will turn to snow Wednesday.

By Friday, the system should be weakening, with lingering snow in upper Mississippi Valley and northern Great Lakes.

This system will start with rain tonight and tomorrow.

The warning calls for snow accumulations above 7,500 feet of "8 to 16 inches with locally higher amounts expected".

Southeast Nebraska is likely to receive less rain, snow and wind, but could be in the bull's-eye for severe thunderstorms and hail, according to the weather service.

The ABC12 First Alert Weather Team will continue to track this developing storm over the next couple of days.

The combination of strong winds and snow may lead to blizzard conditions in parts of the Plains and Midwest Wednesday and Thursday, making travel treacherous, if not impossible, in parts of Minnesota, northern Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, eastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas.

Blizzard warning stretch across 6 states.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is recommending commuters head home as early as possible Wednesday due to the strength of the imminent storm.

"On the north side of the storm, where there is a lot of cold air, 18 inches of snow has fallen in western South Dakota".

Winter is having one final party in the Midwest this week and parts of MI will feel it.

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