Major Snow Storm Hits Colorado/Plains

By: Shaun Tanner , 5:36 PM GMT on February 03, 2012

In this mild and relatively dry Winter, it is easy to get excited sort of storm resembling a typical Winter storm. Well, people in eastern Colorado through Nebraska and Kansas are experiencing a fresh blanket of snow due to a strong blizzard that moved through the area.

Earlier this week, the Plains had been enjoying a Winter heat wave as Denver rose into the upper 50s and low 60s, Lincoln, NE actually saw a temperature of 70 degrees on Monday, and Omaha, NE rose into the upper 60s. This all when the normal maximum temperatures for this should are in the 30s to mid 40s. So, this current storm might be a shock the system for residents who might have assumed that Winter was over.

Weather Underground's Severe Weather Map shows Blizzard Warnings in effect through Saturday morning for eastern Colorado, while Winter Storm Warnings are posted for Nebraska and western Kansas. The current WunderMap radar shows widespread snow falling from eastern Colorado through Nebraska, while heavy rain is falling to the east through Oklahoma and eastern Kansas.

Weather Underground Webcam out of Commerce City, CO showing a fresh blanket of snow.

Snowfall reports coming out the Denver area

Conifer-24 inches
Genesee-15 inches
Evergreen-18 inches
Denver-11 inches

After the storm leaves, expect temperatures to tumbled back down normal or below normal levels for the next few days. Highs in the 30s are expected next week in Denver and through Nebraska.

February Snow (vickyb80821)
We are still under a blizzard warning here on the Eastern Plains of Colorado until Saturday but the beginning of the storm made for some pretty trees with sticky snow!
February Snow

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