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Denver, Cheyenne: Blizzard to Follow Weekend Warmth

Temperatures to plunge and travel will be difficult
Related: Blizzards
While enjoying this weekend's warmth, residents from Denver to Cheyenne to near Rapid City may find it hard to believe that a blizzard is on the way.
The blizzard threatens to bring northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota and western Nebraska to a standstill Monday night through Tuesday.
Strong winds severely blowing around heavy snow will dramatically reduce visibility and make driving extremely difficult, if not impossible. Officials may be forced to close stretches of interstates 25, 70, 80, 76 and 90.
That is true even though the Front Range is in the midst of a mild stretch of weather, which has helped warm road surfaces, and the strength of the April sun. The snow will come down hard enough to overcome both obstacles.
The blizzard is sure to cause nightmares for travelers, both on the ground and in the air, Monday night through Tuesday. Photo by Photos.com.

Parents should prepare for school closures, while airline passengers will likely face cancellations and/or lengthy delays.
Cities in the path of the blizzard include Denver, Fort Collins and Sterling, Colo., Casper, Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyo., and Scottsbluff and Chadron, Neb.
Snowfall totals in and around these cities will approach or top a foot.
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While the true blizzard conditions should narrowly miss Rapid City, S.D., to the south, residents can still expect 6 to 12 inches of disruptive snow.
The blizzard is in the works despite the warm weekend that has unfolded across the Front Range. Temperatures in most of the cities bracing for the blizzard are set to soar into the 60s on Sunday.
However, cold air plunging southward and interacting with the storm set to move through the West Sunday through Monday is all that is needed for the blizzard to take shape.
The same storm threatens to ignite an outbreak of severe weather Monday through Tuesday from Texas to Kansas.

As the severe weather takes aim at the Mississippi Valley and Arklatex on Wednesday, AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be monitoring the potential for the snow to shift eastward across Nebraska and South Dakota and into the Upper Midwest.
The impending blizzard is not entirely bad news for the Front Range. Runoff from the snow, which will quickly melt once milder air arrives later in the week, will bring needed moisture to the region's parched soil.
Much of the Front Range is currently suffering from an extreme to exceptional drought, according to the latest report from the United States Drought Monitor.

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Polkadottie

Come on into the treasures of the snow, baby. Winter in the Springtime, y'all. Ha-Wick-Cane. Tor-Nay-Dough. Armor the Salt cans, y'all! You about to gittah taste of the Super-Bad-Slick icy roads! Blizzard!

April 08 2013 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MarieTheBee

Thank goodness God is also in control of the weather and not man. This proves that in the last days, which we are living in now, that you won't be able to tell one season from another, which means it could be warm one day and then the next day be entirely different. Praise the Lord, He is in control!!!

April 08 2013 at 9:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Polkadottie

Uh, Oh. A God-Fearer! Marie, you're in for a bombardment of non-superstitious, evolutionary, freethinkers, who pride themselves with not imposing their beliefs on others like God-Fearers do. lolll

April 08 2013 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angel Uwillberewarde

It is spring time in the Rockies. THIS IS NOT A WINTER STORM doing ANYTHING! It is now SPRING and this is a SPRING storm! GET OVER IT! and STOP calling it WINTER!

April 08 2013 at 8:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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alatuni

Hi, Angel, I lived in Centennial for 6 years and this will be a winter storm in the spring. That is why I live in Florida now. Take care and be prepared .....

April 08 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angel Uwillberewarde

when are these writers/ forecasters going to learn? At least in Colorado these are NOT winter storms blasting into spring. THESE ARE SPRING STORMS! Very typical of spring time in COLORADO GOOOOOOOD GAAAAAAAAAAWD!

April 08 2013 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

...You mean it's not going to slam the Northeast ?..Really ?...Jeeeesh !..About time we missed one...lol

April 08 2013 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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risingsongs

Here out west, we get the same storm systems that you do. We just get them earlier and they don't usually make the news. You haven't dodged the bullet just yet.

April 08 2013 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

i blame Obama for this one

April 08 2013 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Age'LessMingle.C0M

No place is safe

April 08 2013 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dennismlns

I can see by some of the comments that some people don't recognize SARCASM when they see it, guess someone needs to come up with a sarcasm font for people, loke you, that don't know it when they see it.
Here is a hint: If they are talking about global warming when it is snowing, it is a sarcastic remark!

April 08 2013 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laddagokid

Dam! I did not no that we had so many people who knows so much about global warming. What did you people do? Read Al Gore's book. You can't control Mother Nature or GOD.

April 08 2013 at 6:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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xharmonicdiscord

It's pretty easy to control "god" when god is just a creation of mankind in the first place.

April 08 2013 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dennismlns

Must be that Global Warming I keep hearing about.

April 08 2013 at 6:18 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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