Overnight temperatures in the Plains will drop almost 40 degrees in just 12 hours, including in Denver - which is expecting a high of 80 degrees Tuesday and blizzard conditions by Wednesday night.
According to the weather service, roads are expected to become covered in snow and slush leading to slippery conditions Wednesday afternoon and evening.
"The good news is that the weather following this current major storm is somewhat chilly", Moehler says. The western and southwestern parts of the state are looking at up to 18 inches of snow possible, with 4-6 or more inches of slushy snow anticipated in the metro. However, those cold temperatures may make for slushy and wet conditions on Utah roads and create a risk of bringing down tree limbs. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Note the "blue" over much of the area, which shows the rain that has changed to snow.
Kristi Noem has closed state government offices in 52 counties. The water could rise to 10.4 feet by Friday morning.
West, Rockies and Plains for the next couple of days.
About 40 percent of Denver International Airport's daily flights Wednesday were scratched. A few school districts in Colorado and Wyoming canceled classes, while others opted for a shortened day and canceled evening activities. It's also going to be warm: a ideal recipe for wildfire conditions. A winter storm warning has also been issued for Jefferson, Broomfield and Boulder counties. The European model has sustained winds of 20 - 30mph over the plains Wednesday night, with gusts upwards of 50mph.
High wind watches and warnings extend from California into Texas and Oklahoma.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist David Roth said the storm could be a "bomb cyclone", in which the pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. The ground has thawed in most areas since last month, allowing for better absorption than during the aftermath of the March storm.
The slow-moving storm is set to bring heavy, wet snow across the region.
"We're not out of the woods", Walz said. Forecasters said this week's storm will swell rivers again, but maybe not as much.
Though it's technically spring, it clearly may be a while before certain parts of the country get to enjoy warmer weather. "However, amounts that we have forecast right now are pretty rare".