Big storm to affect the Plains through the weekend

- While we sit with some sunshine and warm temperatures through the weekend, others to our south and west won’t be so lucky. A large storm is brewing in the central Rockies as I write this early Friday which will spell wet and in some cases snowy weather for the next few days. Heavy snow looks likely for the higher elevations and foothills of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. The mountainous areas could get upwards of 3 feet of snow by late Monday.

Meanwhile, places like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne could get more than a foot of the heavy wet spring snow by the end of the weekend.  This will likely cause numerous flight delays and cancellations at the very busy Denver airport with United and Southwest Airlines likely going to be hardest hit.  While this may seem a bit unusual for the Mile High City, March & April are the town’s snowiest months of the year on average with snowstorms topping a foot fairly common.

Further east into the Plains though it will be all rain… and lots of it.  Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will line up from central Texas all the way up into the Dakotas…

Several days of rain will add up with widespread totals of 3 to 6 inches looking common, with some local spots likely topping 8” by dawn on Tuesday.  It’s not all bad news though as many of these areas experienced a pretty dry winter with drought conditions returning to much of Kansas, parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska…

This same system will be responsible for our Monday cooldown and our shower chances, although we have a far lower chance for rain early next week.

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