Blizzard forecast for Midwest could break April snow records


Expect snow to start in the mountains on Wednesday morning, with dry conditions in the Denver area about noon.

Nailing down totals is not fun -- it'll be 80F today for Pete's sake!

Up in Aroostook County, where it has been a long, snowy winter, the snowfall will taper closer toward the Canadian border, with the accumulation expected to top out around 5 to 6 inches from Fort Kent to Van Buren.

The Pacific-born storm has already sparked flood evacuations in Oregon.

But the accumulation will be heaviest in the central part of the state, with up to 10 inches expected in Greenville in Piscataquis County and up to 10 inches in Millinocket and 9 inches in Lincoln in Penobscot County, according to the weather service.

"We were able to get some (salt) deliveries in across the state and we have been able to cross level a little bit between truck stations so we got what we need", Kevin Gutknecht, with MnDOT, said.

If you live south, southwest, and southeast of the city odds for seeing a more appreciable snowfall look greater.

"That would be a heavy, wet snow" North Dakota Gov. Tim Walz said during a Tuesday press conference.

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South of the Palmer this system doesn't seem like as-big-a-deal, at least with regard to rain and snow.

Even with a limited moisture supply, some powerful thunderstorms are possible, although they likely will cover small swaths. Wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 miles per hour are expected in the Mountains outside of Los Angeles, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Travel could be very hard and snow could significantly reduce visibility. The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Warning for much of southern Colorado, including southern El Paso County, Otero County, and Pueblo County. The warning area will likely see 8-12 inches of slushy and wet snow.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.

Blizzard warnings have been posted from Colorado to Minnesota as a storm develops that could rival last month's bomb cyclone. But we're still getting some of it. This storm takes a much more northerly track.

This includes all of the Twin Cities metro area. "So, we should get favorable weather for catching up with slowed corn and soybean planting", Moehler says.

Minneapolis, a major Delta hub, will be impacted by this snow, so there will likely be system-wide air delays due to this. If you're still seeing rain Wednesday evening, you're nearly certain to see the low end of our snowfall forecast for your area, if that.