Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas: winter storm

The second storm in less than a week will hit Colorado and parts of Nebraska and Kansas with blizzard conditions and dangerous travel during Monday night and Tuesday.

The storm has the potential to bring a foot of snow not only to the central Rockies, but also to a large part of the adjacent High Plains.

Cities that will be hit hard by snow and wind include Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Goodland, Kansas; and North Platte, Nebraska.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliot, “The combination of this heavy snow falling and very strong wind gusts will create blizzard conditions.”

……………Blowing and drifting snow will spell out trouble for people who plan on driving during this time. Visibility will be greatly reduced on area roadways. Drivers are urged to reconsider travel plans due to the dangerous conditions.

AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures at the height of the storm will dip into the single digits in the mountains and the teens on the Plains.

The combination of heavy snow and gusty winds will knock some trees down. Some communities may be put in the dark due to power outages.

“All of the components are in place for eastern Colorado to receive at least a half a foot of snow, with locations along the Palmer Divide and in east-central Colorado to receive up to a foot,” Elliott said.

The storm will spread windswept snow farther south, when compared to the storm last week. Snow with wind will blast portions of southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico.

“A band of heavy snow is likely to set up from southeastern Colorado into southwestern Nebraska, which could produce over a foot of snow in some locations,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

The storm will spawn severe weather across the southern Plains and bring the risk of flooding to some of the Mississippi Valley states into Wednesday.