'Historic' Winter Storm Wesley threatens 200M in the Midwest

'Historic' Winter Storm Wesley threatens 200M in the Midwest

'Historic' Winter Storm Wesley threatens 200M in the Midwest

By Wednesday night, the Mile High City will see temperatures in the 20s and a blizzard.

Winter storm warnings and watches have been posted from the central Rocky Mountains to the Upper Mississippi Valley and northern Great Lakes.

The same central USA area was hit by a "bomb cyclone" less than a month ago that brought deadly flooding and blizzards that closed roads and paralyzed transportation.

In addition to snow, residents could see unsafe flooding, including in towns in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and along the Missouri River, where people are still coping with the effects of last month's floods.

To the south of storm number one, the weather will be a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet, he says.

A number of areas could get thundersnow; strong winds and snow will create treacherous conditions with limited visibility.

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. Snow may be heavy at times, with the worst of the storm coming Thursday afternoon, the Weather Service reported.

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This system will start with rain tonight and tomorrow.

The heavy snow will begin Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis.

There also are high wind warnings in parts of western Colorado and a blizzard warning for eastern Colorado toward Kansas. "Unsettled weather continues through the weekend as a couple more weaker systems drop in from the northwest, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible from time to time". Other interior locations, such as the Bangor area, could see 4 to 8 inches of snow while Lewiston and Augusta might get 2 to 6 inches of snow. That, plus melting of any snowpack left behind in the days after the storm, would only aggravate and prolong the ongoing flooding.

He added the storm is expected to bring blinding, heavy wet snow across the region, likely downing trees and causing widespread power outages, widespread road closures and making driving treacherous.

Though spring is already here, Winter Storm Wesley will be pushing through the Plains and upper midwest starting on Wednesday and intensifying on Thursday and Friday.

This may bring to mind a storm last April, Winter Storm Xanto, which dumped over a foot of snow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Twin Cities and up to 33 inches of snow in northeastern Wisconsin. There's a storm on the way that's going to remind Midwesterners that winter isn't over until it's over.

The NWS suggests checking weather.gov for more updates.

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