Arctic air bringing winter storm to Rockies, Plains

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E) – Arctic air moving south to the U.S. is bringing snow, ice, wind and low temperature to the Rockies and Plains the rest of the week with 10 states under winter storm warnings.

The storm will continue to bring heavy snow to northeastern Minnesota Wednesday. The forecast is from 8 to 12 inches going down to 3 inches by Thursday morning. Up to 26 inches of snow fell into northern Minnesota. WCCO reported at least four people killed in road crashes this week while dozens of schools in the state closed or opened late on Wednesday.

The 10 to 20 mph winds blowing from the northwest will cause single-digit temperature in the city by early Thursday warming to only 10 in the afternoon and dropping to subzero at night. Duluth is forecast to have temperature of minus 22 by Friday.

In Colorado, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported the heaviest snow in the foothills of the Front Range Wednesday morning. Areas in the foothills west of Boulder received about 7 inches of snow while lesser amounts fell in the metro area.

In Denver the temperature was 5 degrees at 6 a.m. rising to 7 by 11 a.m., the NWS said. Up to 15 inches of snow could fall in the city.

The Denver International Airport cancelled 14 flights mostly to mountain airports and northern cities Wednesday, according to FlightAware. The airport also reported 111 delayed flights between 9 and 11 a.m., and 105 delayed flights between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The snow total for Boulder was 4.8 inches as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. The forecast for Thursday is partly sunny skies with a high of 8 and wind chill as low as -15 with 10 percent chance of snow after 11 a.m. Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 12 and a low of -3.

One cold front is due to drop into Dallas-Fort Worth around noon Wednesday. Dallas could be in the low 30s from late Thursday all the way to Sunday morning, with nighttime lows in the 20s.

Light rain is expected Thursday afternoon with the heavier stuff coming at close to midnight and into the wee small hours of Friday morning. The winter storm watch is up to 6 p.m. Friday for Dallas-Fort Worth and points north and west.

In San Francisco, where subfreezing temperatures are rare, the low was in the 40s on Wednesday. The Bay Area was to get low 50s maximum and a freeze warning is to take effect starting 9 p.m. On Thursday, a sunny sky is expected followed by rain and snow through the weekend.

The winter storm also affects parts of Arizona, Arkansas, the Dakotas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington.

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