(KMSP) - Living in Minnesota, we are used to the topsy turvy spring and fall. Temperatures from one day to the next can vary by some 40 degrees turning a nice spring day into a blast of cold that rivals winter. And while we have seen a chilly and wet few days, I’m here to remind you that things could always be worse. While we have seen some sleet and even some snowflakes mixing in statewide on our Thursday, look to Dawson in the picture above for proof, it’s nothing like what they are expecting in Colorado and parts of the central and southern Plains. Another BIG storm will begin late Thursday and extend into the weekend bringing thunderstorms, heavy rain, and feet of mountain snow. Yes, you just read the word “feet.” Parts of Colorado could end up with more than 2 feet of fresh snow by early Sunday morning.
While the heaviest of the snows will be in the highest of elevations, even the Front Range, including Denver, could wind up with almost a foot of heavy wet snow. Welcome to spring in Colorado. While us Minnesotans can end up with a few inches of snow in April, it’s RARE to get more than that. But in Colorado, it’s just another spring day. While that state, and southern Wyoming for that matter, are dealing with snow, heavy rains are expected for the second time in as many weeks across the central and southern Plains.
Widespread amounts of 2 to 5 inches look likely from western Nebraska and Kansas, southeastward to the Gulf Coast. So will this storm impact Minnesota? Right now, it’s a little too early to tell, but it does look like the majority of the precipitation will stay to our south.