This was the view from the National Weather Service office in Reno, NV, where they picked up nearly 8″ of snow on Monday night. This is part of the same storm system that will be responsible for blizzard-like conditions along the Front Range of the Rockies and strong to severe weather in the Central U.S. through midweek.
Here’s the current storm system expected to cause all the problems in the middle part of the country over the next couple of days. Note that as the storm moves out into the Plains, it will quickly intensify and create a massive wind field, which will help to aid in blizzard-like conditions along the Front Range of the Rockies.
Strong Storm Moves East
Here’s the storm forecast through AM Thursday and note how quickly it seems to intensify within a 2 day time period! Also note the lines of equal pressure (black lines) and how tightly packed they become within a short amount of time.
Take a look all the weather headlines across the western half of the country! From heavy snow across the high elevations, high winds across the Plains and even blizzard potential across the Front Range of the Rockies, there will be a number of weather concerns that will be kicked up by this particular storm.
Here’s more from the National Weather Service out of Denver regarding the Blizzard Warning that is in place until 12pm MST Wednesday.
…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST
WEDNESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING…MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE.
* WIND/VISIBILITY…NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH
LATE TONIGHT…THEN NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WEDNESDAY
MORNING WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO PRODUCE SNOWPACKED AND
SLICK ROADWAYS…AND SEVERELY RESTRICT VISIBILITIES IN THE MORE
OPEN AREAS. INTERSTATES 70 AND 76 TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST OF DENVER
WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRONG WINDS AND POSSIBLE
Here’s a closeup view of the snowfall potential from where blizzard warnings have been issued to the high elevations of the Colorado Rockies.
Snowfall potential across the Western half of the country looks much heavier across the higher elevation of the Central/Northern Rockies and across the Wasatch and northern Cascade. Some mountain locations could see 6″ to 12″+ possible through 6pm Thursday.
Severe Weather Threat Wednesday
According to NOAA’s SPC, there is an ENHANCED risk of severe weather across parts of the Central U.S. on Wednesday with a SLIGHT risk stretching to the northeastern Texas.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF LARGE HAIL AND WIND DAMAGE ARE
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND LOWER TO MID MISSOURI
VALLEY LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. THE POTENTIAL
FOR WIND DAMAGE AND TORNADOES SHOULD INCREASE DURING THE AFTERNOON
ACROSS THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY REACHING THE OHIO VALLEY DURING
THE EARLY EVENING. A MORE ISOLATED THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL…WIND
DAMAGE AND TORNADOES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE DURING THE AFTERNOON
ACROSS THE ARKLATEX…OZARKS AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.
Simulated Radar: 6pm Wednesday
Here’s the simulated radar at 6pm Wednesday. While it may not look like much, this particular feature could be responsible for strong to severe storms across parts of the Midwest and Central U.S.. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes may be possible through the afternoon/evening hours along/near the Mississippi River Valley.
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