Blizzard conditions expected by Wednesday afternoon: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

Blizzard conditions expected by Wednesday afternoon: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

Blizzard conditions expected by Wednesday afternoon: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

The Pacific-born storm has already sparked flood evacuations in Oregon. A storm can shift directions at any time, which could be the case in the upcoming storm.

The Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch across southern Minnesota as a potentially historic weather system could bring 4 to 9 inches of snow and 55 miles per hour winds to the area by Thursday night.

"The system will produce snow over parts of the Northern/Central Rockies onto parts of the Northern Plains that will expand into parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley by Wednesday evening". The storm's path of 12-plus inches reaches as far north to Duluth and Silver Bay to the east into Wisconsin past Ashland and Hayward. Sufficient cold air will be in place to the north of that low for a swath of snow in parts of the Plains and Midwest.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is recommending commuters head home as early as possible Wednesday due to the strength of the imminent storm. We discussed snow, but total rainfall is expected to be between one and two inches. The high Wednesday in Aspen is forecast for 38 degrees and Thursday 33 degrees.

Coastal regions won't see much, if any, accumulation, but inland areas may be in line for another 1-3 inches of snow on Tuesday, with 3 to 5 inches falling in the mountains.

But Winter Storm Wesley is also expected to bring other types of severe weather conditions to other states - flooding is expected in parts of Idaho and Montana.

High wind watches and warnings extend from California into Texas and Oklahoma.

"Travel could be very hard". Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

"A normal drive in the morning is forecast to transition to blizzard conditions in many areas through the afternoon and the night", Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew said in a press release Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning/afternoon: Southwestern Minnesota will see slushy snow, the Twin Cities will see a spotty mix of scattered rain showers with highs in the 40s and western Minnesota will see accumulating snow. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. "The snow will expand into the Upper Great Lakes overnight Wednesday", says the NWS's Weather Prediction Center. A high near 35 degrees is expected and it will be windy-with wind gusts as high as 35-45 miles per hour. Forecasters said this week's storm will swell rivers again, but maybe not as much. The latest update predicts falling river levels to stop dropping and level off this week.

Snowfall will taper off and winds should subside Friday morning.

At the beginning of April a year ago, the metro area received 9 inches of snow.

The storm might not be as bad as last month's but "will be near record intensity for April for this area", said Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher.

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