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Blizzard Threatens Colo., Wyo., Neb., S.D.

Up to 18 inches of snow could fall during the multi-day storm

After a blast of weekend warmth, residents from Denver to Cheyenne to Rapid City may find it hard to believe that a blizzard is on the way.

The blizzard threatens to bring northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, western 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.

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., Scottsbluff and Chadron, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D. Snowfall totals in and around these cities will approach or top a foot.

AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center
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Multi-Day Severe Weather on Plains Starts Today

The blizzard is in the works despite the warm weekend that has unfolded across the Front Range. For many, the warmth will persist through Monday with temperatures set to soar back into the 60s across most of northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska.

This warmth will also help set the stage for another round of severe weather across the central and southern Plains later Monday.

Cold air plunging southward and interacting with the storm moving through the West is all that is needed for the blizzard to take shape.

The cold shot headed to Denver will be so intense that temperatures will plunge from the 60s at sunset Monday to the teens by daybreak Tuesday.

The difference in high temperatures from Monday to Tuesday will range from 20 to 40 degrees in Denver and elsewhere where the blizzard will howl.

A similar drop in temperatures will occur in Pueblo and Trinidad, Colo., despite these cities escaping the burying snow.

Before the blizzard unfolds in Denver, Cheyenne and Rapid City Monday night, accumulating snow will first push through Montana and North Dakota on Monday.

Then after the blizzard winds down Tuesday night, AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be monitoring the potential for the snow to shift eastward across 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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yes the glob is warming it has been warming befor we were here and will keep warming after we are all gone..................check it out...pull your head out OB's a---

April 09 2013 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When the world finally warms up dose anyone care about the millions of acres of farm-able land that will be exposed in the north? Flood the coast - feed the world. Good trade.

April 09 2013 at 1:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the guys that dreamed up the global warming thing never chipped the ice out of the livestock water tank, or drove long distance across the west in 6 to 8 inches of sideways global worming!

April 09 2013 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The guys that thought up this global warming thing never had to Chip the ice out of the livestock's water troth's, or drive long distance in the west with 6 to 8 inches of global worming blowing across the road.

April 09 2013 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It ain't the Republicans spewing all that hot air.....try blaming most of that on the Democrats. It is their fault we are having a drought, heat wave, and have more moisture in the air. Now, if Obama could really fix the weather, then we would have something to really cheer about; but he has no idea what he is going to do next.

April 08 2013 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Puhleeze don't let this storm travel to New England, we had a rough enough winter.

April 08 2013 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
i hate cops


April 08 2013 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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a new diet

Until you need one.

April 08 2013 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That storm is not in the Midwest, it's in the middle west. The Midwest is Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

April 08 2013 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

hey GORE how bout a new book,global cooling.

April 08 2013 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What is it that people don't understand about global warming. Seriously. The oceans have warmed which releases more moisture in the air. The air has been warmer, too. Snow happens in the range around 32 degrees --- much below that, and it's too cold to snow. These huge snowstorms are a direct result of global warming -- more moisture in the air + warmer winter temps = snowstorms. Pull your heads out!

April 08 2013 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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a new diet

Doesn't snow much below 32? What are you smokin'?

April 08 2013 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, how convenient...eh? So, what's a result of global cooling? Less moisture in the air + colder winter temps = dry winters? Oh...but wait, I thought dry winters are a result of global warming. :-/ I just love how you dopes have this all figured out and have everything so neatly packaged that, no matter what the case might be, it's gloBULL warming. At least, for so long as it's convenient to do so. Then, when you find it's claims of global cooling which are convenient then, you'll just simply switch words but, still use the same ol' tired and lame excuses. And, what's even more laughable is how many people actually fall for this pure and simple BS. And, lastly, by the way? There's no such thing as "too cold to snow" and this myth has been debunked several times. It's never too cold to snow.


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