What a long, cold, snowy winter, eh? You don't have to follow the Twitter hashtag #snow to understand the general sentiment about April snow (outside of a ski resort): Boooooo....hissssssssss!
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The ingredients that will be in place this week for heavy snow in the Front Range of the Rockies.
Good thing the cold March/early April pattern has changed and we can finally relegate snowthrowers and shovels to storage, right?
--- pregnant pause....awkward, uncomfortable silence....meteorologists shifting in their chairs ----
Well...not exactly, for some.
We have a classic spring storm set to pivot out of the West into the Plains. We've already addressed the potential for an outbreak of severe thunderstorms with this bullish dip in the jet stream.
This same sharp southward dip in the jet stream, lumbering slowly east, looks poised to tap deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and pull it north and westward.
The combination of higher elevation, strong lift in the atmosphere, and near-surface temperatures just cold enough is expected to churn out accumulating snow, heavy in spots. Let's lay out the forecast as it stands right now:
Monday: Snow, possibly heavy, spreads into the High Plains of Montana, Wyoming, the western Dakotas. Significant snow is also expected in the mountains of western Montana, Idaho, eastern Oregon, western Wyoming, Utah and northern Nevada.
This heavy snow will likely plunge into the northern Colorado Front Range urban corridor late Monday night. Expect a period of rain and possibly thunderstorms, changing to snow Monday night as temperatures plummet rapidly from the 40s to near 20, leading to a flash freeze. A sheen of ice may well form on roadways underneath the heavy falling snow, making travel extremely treacherous.
Strong winds and heavy snow may lead to some power outages and downed tree limbs.
Tuesday: Heavy snow likely from eastern Wyoming into northeast Colorado (including the I-25 urban corridor), western Nebraska and western South Dakota. Strong winds may lead to blizzard conditions and subzero wind chills. Some power outages and downed tree limbs are possible due to the high winds. Significant travel impact likely on I-25, I-80, I-70, I-76 and I-90 in these areas. Flight delays, cancellations are possible to/from Denver Int'l Airport.
Wednesday into early Thursday: Too uncertain to call at this time. Rain may change to wet snow farther northeast into the Upper Midwest or Northern Plains (eastern Dakotas, northern Ia., Minn., eastern Neb., northern Wisc., U.P. of Michigan). But models disagree sharply on which areas get the most snow, or whether any of the snow in this region will be particularly heavy.
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New Haven, Conn.
A neighborhood near New Haven, Conn., is buried in snow in the aftermath of a storm that hit Connecticut and much of New England. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)