Strong Storm Moves Through Rockies And Into Plains
A strong storm is moving through the Rockies, bringing several inches of new snow to the higher elevations before moving into the Plains. We have created a page to track this storm. You can access it here.
Here are the state-by-state impacts from this Winter storm, along with a timeframe.
The Colorado Rockies will experience the most snow from this storm, with over a foot of the white stuff likely for the higher elevations. Several areas have already received 6 inches at the time of this writing, with several more inches on the way. Radar returns continue to show very active weather ongoing.
A colder air mass will settle over Colorado as the storm lifts to the northeast into the Plains. Forecasts for Gunnison, Colorado show maximum temperatures in the 20s Sunday, then tumbling into the teens by midweek.
Current webcam out of Creede, CO
This storm is not expected to be particularly strong for the Plains as it will be lacking significant cold air to bring any notable snow. Thus, the precipitation that will fall in the Plains will be mostly rain. This rain will mostly fall in the early morning hours and should be over by the afternoon. The rainfall map below shows how much rain is expected for the Plains on Sunday.
This region of the country is likely to see the most dangerous part of this storm. The Winter Storm Warnings in Iowa warn of "a wintry mix of precipitation will spread northeast across the
area Sunday morning... becoming mostly freezing rain in the
afternoon". Freezing rain is particularly dangerous because it falls as rain, but freezes on contact with anything on the surface. This could include roads and bridges, making travel dangerous and difficult. Ice accumulations up to 1/4 of an inch is possible in some areas. By Sunday afternoon, travel may hazardous or nearly impossible.
In addition to the aforementioned ice accumulations, snow and sleet will also be likely for some areas. This storm appears to have it all.
Most of the precipitation for this region will be over by the end of Sunday, with the storm moving farther east into Michigan and the Ohio Valley.