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2013 Winter storms USA
Winter storm Q from Calif. to Midwest
2/19/13 A winter storm moving in from the Pacific Ocean was expected to bring a foot or more of snow and 75 mph wind gusts to mountainous areas of California on Tuesday, before aiming for the Midwest and laying down a wintry blanket as it goes, the National Weather Service said.
Even coastal Californians would feel the storm's wrath in the form of high winds and heavy rains.
Weather.com meteorologists said the storm originated in the Gulf of Alaska and was taking a southerly course that would hammer California before the system turns inland and strikes as far northeast as Chicago and the Midwest.
Mountainous parts of Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties in California were under winter storm warnings, and snow could present a danger on mountain highways, including Interstate 15, the weather service said.
Those on the Southern California coast were expected to see see wind-whipped waves. High-surf advisories, predicting waves up to 10 feet, have been issued from Ventura County south through Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
Up to two inches of rain could fall in some areas as the storm moves through, and high winds and snow are likely to also cause problems inland, in heavily populated Riverside and San Bernardino counties, both of which are under winter storm and high-wind warnings.
After the storm moves through California, it will take a sharp turn and hit the Four Corners states Wednesday and Thursday, bringing widespread snowfall across the mountains of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and parts of Arizona, Weather.com reported.
Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen said that as the storm moved eastward, cold air from Canada and moist air from the western Gulf of Mexico would mix to bring snowfalls of up to an inch an hour for several hours, setting the stage for a "major winter storm" over the Plains that could produce double-digit snowfalls along the Interstate 80 corridor. Just to the south, an icy mix could make travel treacherous.
A huge section of the middle of the country is under a winter storm watch, and the Deep South may see severe thunderstorms.
By the time the weather system reaches the Great Lakes, the snowfall was likely to be minor, Wiltgen said.
However some computer models suggested Chicago would get heavy snow late in the week.
The weather service has issued special weather statements and various winter storm advisories for large parts of the western Great Lakes region.
The Northern Plains were expected to remain in the icy grip of arctic winds, with wind chills in many approaching 40 degrees below zero. Up to nine inches of snow was thought possible in places.
Nearly the entire state of Minnesota and large parts of the Dakotas were under a wind-chill advisory.
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Q - Chicago snow storm
Feb 20, 2013 Chicago storm system set on bringing heavy snow from northwestern Kansas to Iowa at midweek projected 6 to 12 inches of snow over the central Plains with blizzard conditions into northern Illinois and Chicagoland Thursday night into Friday morning.
Winter storm soaks CA cities, snow strands drivers
2/20/13 SAN FRANCISCO — A winter storm brought California much-needed rain and even a rare tornado, but the breadth and severity of snowfall in much of the state caught drivers by surprise and left hundreds stranded on mountain highways.
A late barrage of snow forced the shutdown of a 60-mile stretch of Highway 58 between Los Angeles and Bakersfield late Tuesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Smith said.
"Travel conditions deteriorated quickly," Smith told KCAL-TV. "The freeways just aren't safe to pass on right now."
The snow brought hundreds of vehicles to a stop and sent the patrol and road crews scrambling to the scene, where they were helping drivers to slowly exit near Tehachapi. No injuries were reported.
A similar scene played out shortly about 300 miles to the north, where dozens of cars were either stuck in the snow or involved in accidents near the rural community of Sonora. About 50 to 75 vehicles became stranded or were in collisions on Highway 49 and nearby roadways when it started snowing heavily in the Sierra Nevada foothills, said CHP Lt. Scott Clamp.
"Travelers were just not prepared," Clamp said. There were a handful of minor injuries, but no major injuries, he said.
The storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought the first significant rainfall to the region in several weeks, the National Weather Service said.
Periodic showers, including hail, hit the Bay area in time for the morning commute, while new snow fell in the Sierra Nevada, where ski resorts around Lake Tahoe were expecting up to 8 inches.
Flurries were spotted high in the hills in Oakland and in neighboring Berkeley, said Rick Canepa, a weather service meteorologist in Monterey. The top of Mt. Hamilton near San Jose and the tips of Mt. Diablo in the East Bay also got a dusting.
In the Sacramento area, a tornado with wind speeds between 40 to 70 mph was spotted north of Red Bluff shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to the weather service. It caused little or no damage.
More rain was forecast for the Bay area and for parts of Southern California. Authorities warned of more hazardous conditions for drivers on mountain and interior valley roads into early Wednesday, when the storm was expected to move east.
Even though San Francisco saw highs in the 70s last week, California has had a colder-than-normal winter overall.
"We went from about 10 degrees above normal this past weekend to 10 degrees below today," said Austin Cross, another weather service meteorologist based in Monterey. "We're usually somewhere in the 60s, temperature-wise, at this time of year."
San Francisco has gotten nearly 14 inches of rain since October, or about 85 percent of its normal rainfall during the fall-winter season, Cross said. Oakland received 83 percent and San Jose had about 80 percent, he added.
Winter storm blankets Great Plains with snow
2/21/13 ST. LOUIS — Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, making major roadways all but impassable and shutting down schools and state legislatures.
Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast for southern Missouri, southern Illinois and Arkansas. St. Louis was expected to get all of the above — a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Several accidents were blamed on icy and slushy roadways, including a wreck in Oklahoma that killed a teenager Wednesday. Most schools in Kansas and Missouri, and many in neighboring states, were closed. Legislatures shut down early in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
By midmorning Thursday, the snowfall was so heavy that Kansas City International Airport shut down. About 90 flights were also cancelled at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
"Thundersnow" accompanied the winter storm in parts of Kansas and Missouri, which National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett said is the result of an unstable air mass, much like a thunderstorm.
"Instead of pouring rain, it's pouring snow," Truett said. And pouring was a sound description, with snow falling at a rate of 1 1/2 to 2 inches per hour in some spots.
While heavy in nature, the snow itself is powdery, said weather service meteorologist Suzanna Sortin. She said the Wichita area had received between 11 and 13 inches of snow by midmorning, and places like Salina, Russell and Great Bend were expected to get up to 18 inches of snow.
With that in mind, Kansas transportation officials — and even the governor — urged people to simply stay home. Drivers were particularly warned away from the Kansas Turnpike, as whiteout conditions meant low visibility for the length of the turnpike, from Oklahoma to Kansas City. Interstate 70, which runs the length of Kansas, was also snow-packed and icy.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback closed executive offices, except for essential personnel.
"Common sense is a good thing, and we'll make it through it," Brownback said.
Some travelers gave up, filling hotels rather than skating across dangerous roadways.
At the Econo Lodge in WaKeeney, Kan., assistant manager Michael Tidball said the 48-room hotel was full by 10 p.m. Wednesday and that most guests were opting to stay an extra day. He said travelers reported that snow was freezing on their windshields faster than wipers could keep them clean.
The blowing snow didn't stop everyone. Jesse Landin, feedlot manager at McClymont Feedyard in south-central Nebraska, was out early Thursday clearing a path with his tractor so trucks could put down feed for 11,000 head of cattle, which remained outside.
"They can handle it," Landin said of the cattle. "They got good winter hair coats."
Near the Nebraska-Kansas border, as much as 8 inches fell overnight, while western Nebraska saw about half of that amount, National Weather Service forecaster Shawn Jacobs said.
Some parts of Oklahoma also had up to 8 inches of snow by Thursday morning, and the weather caused a fatal wreck Wednesday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 18-year-old Cody Alexander of Alex, Okla., died when his pickup truck skidded on a slushy state highway into oncoming traffic and struck a truck.
In northern Arkansas, a school bus crashed Wednesday on a steep, snowy country road, leaving three students and the driver with minor injuries.
The weather service warned that freezing rain could lead to a half-inch or more of ice accumulating Thursday in central and northern Arkansas. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said "significant ice accumulations" are expected in far northern Arkansas.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Thursday morning and activated the State Emergency Operations Center. The declaration allows state agencies to coordinate directly with cities and counties to provide emergency services. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Interstate 44 near Springfield was completely covered with ice Thursday morning, and traffic was moving very slow.
In Jefferson City, Mo., off-duty police sergeant Randy Werner had been perched atop a hotel for more than 24 hours as a publicity stunt for a charitable fundraiser.
As large blowing snowflakes pelted him in the face Thursday morning, Werner defiantly declared: "The weather's not bothering me, I can assure you." He then acknowledged that was a lie.
"It's blustery," he said. Werner planned to cut his camp out short, having raised less than a third of his goal.
The St. Louis region prepared with some uncertainty. Depending on the temperature and the trajectory of the storm, St. Louis could get snow, freezing rain, ice, sleet or all or some of the above. Crews were hoping to spread enough salt to keep at least the major roadways moving.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said precipitation is generally expected to drop off as the storm pushes east. Chicago and parts of Indiana, he said, could get about 2 inches of snow and some sleet.
30 million in path of winter storm
February 21, 2013 - 18 states were under some form of watch or warning Wednesday related to a major storm pouring out of California and into the Central Plains and the Midwest.
About 30 million people live in the covered areas, he said.
One of the places that could be hit the hardest is Springfield, Missouri. Among the hazards expected there Wednesday: lightning, wind and ice, with a little snow and sleet thrown on top for good measure.
The biggest threat of heavy snow lies in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, with the possibility of whiteout conditions in some places.
Blizzard Shutting Down Travel in the Plains
A blizzard is under way across portions of northern Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri on Thursday.
More than a foot of snow has already piled up over some communities in Kansas, where totals could climb upwards to 2 feet.
Texas and Arkansas at Risk for Severe Storms
On the southern side of a major winter storm, severe thunderstorms race eastward from Texas and Oklahoma to Alabama by later Thursday night.
Deadly winter storm wallops Midwest with snow and ice, state of emergency issued in Missouri
Major snowstorm blankets Midwest, heads toward New England
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A major winter storm headed northeast into the U.S. Great Lakes on Friday and threatened New England after blanketing states from Minnesota to Ohio with blinding snow, sleet and freezing rain.
The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in Kansas on Thursday, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and stranding motorists on highways.
Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James said that about 60 buses were stuck on snowbound streets on Thursday, and even tow trucks were left immobile by the storm.
"It's still an ongoing process to get people off the roads," he told CNN.
New England braces for 3rd snowstorm in 3 weekends[/size]
2/23/13 Southern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and northern and central Massachusetts could see snowfalls of 6 inches or more over the weekend.
New England braced for its third snowstorm in three weekends Saturday, putting crews to work sanding roads and trimming trees before the snow, sleet and freezing rain moving in from the Midwest.
The storm blanketed states from Minnesota to Ohio earlier this week, dumping more than a foot of snow Thursday in Kansas, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and leaving motorists stranded on highways.
The storm was expected to pelt New England's coastal areas from northern Connecticut to southern Maine with a mix of snow and rain starting late Friday, National Weather Service meteorologist John Foley said.
A winter storm watch forecasting heavy, wet snow was posted for Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening in southern New Hampshire, northern Rhode Island and much of Massachusetts, including the Boston metropolitan area.
Winter storm to dump rain on SE USA
2/23/13 It will be a messy weekend in the Northeast and the Deep South as the massive weather system that walloped 20 states with a snowstorm rolls off toward the Atlantic Ocean.
A winter storm is expected to deposit up to 10 inches of snow in isolated pockets of western Massachusetts, and 6 inches to a foot in parts of southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and central Maine.
Boston will likely see a slushy mix of rain and snow that could lead to downed branches and power lines, Javaheri said.
Rain will continue to soak the eastern United States from Washington, D.C., on down, especially Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
"Across the Southeast, some of the rainfall totals are going to be staggering," said CNN Meteorologist Karen McGinnis. Parts of the central Southeast should get 4 to 6 inches of rainfall.
The outgoing system will have made its mark on virtually the entire country from the southwest corner of California to central Maine, leaving its deepest imprint on Kansas.
Wichita saw its second-highest storm snowfall total on record with 14.2 inches over two days.
The town of Russell in the state's middle lay under a 22 inch layer of white by the time the storm roared by.
Missouri was not far behind, with accumulations of around a foot in some places.
The snow set a record at Kansas City International Airport, with 9 inches falling in a single day. The old record was 5.1 inches set in 2010.
Some businesses and universities shut down Thursday as state officials urged residents to stay off the roads.
The white blanket emptied the streets of Kansas City.
The snowstorm turned out to be a welcome one to many Kansans and many others throughout the Great Plains, who have been suffering a drought for a third straight year.
Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and a host of other farm-heavy states have seen crop losses as a result.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture expects those conditions to continue into April, but near-record levels of snowfall will ease the problem and could accelerate the drought's end.
"It snows so infrequently here. Now we've been in a really bad drought for several years; really, really hot summer and just no moisture. So we're thrilled to see snow or ice -- whatever moisture we can get," Wichita resident Kristen Woodburn said.
Ranchers embraced the storm, even though bitter cold snow can be deadly during calving season.
Frank Harper, a Kansas rancher from Sedgwick and the immediate past president of the Kansas Livestock Association, said the storm caused more work for him because he had to bring his calves inside to warm them up.
But he called the snowstorm a blessing for bringing good moisture to the winter wheat.
2nd blizzard Rocky bearing down on Plains region
2/24/13 — A second major winter storm was bearing down on the central Plains Sunday, forcing cancellations and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand supplies less than a week after another system dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from Sunday evening through late Monday for much of western Kansas ahead of the strong storm system packing high winds and sleet that has been tracking across western Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The area was hit by a massive storm last week that dumped a foot of snow in some sections, closed airports and caused numerous accidents.
"It would have been nice if we'd had a few days to recover, to do some equipment rehab," said Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works in Wichita, which saw its second-highest snowfall ever Thursday with 14.2 inches.
Other totals from the Thursday snowstorm included 18 inches in the southern Kansas town of Zenda; 17 inches in Hays, Kan.; about 13 inches in northeast Missouri and 12 inches of snow in parts of Kansas City.
Steve Corfidi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the storm also will affect southern states and could spawn tornadoes Tuesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and Georgia.
"It definitely will be one of the more significant events of the season, the winter season, absolutely, Corfidi said. "Both in winter weather and severe weather potential, and rain, down in the southeast United States."
More than a foot of snow is possible from the Texas Panhandle, across the Oklahoma Panhandle and into Kansas and possibly Missouri as the storm moves eastward from the southwestern United States.
While snowfall is expected to taper off by Monday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 35 mph will remain a hazard, said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Amarillo, Texas, office.
Pajor told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/Xz0v0k) the new storm "looks worse than the last one" and that sand and salt supplies are low because of last week's record storm, as are the number of locations where snow can be transported off city streets. He said the plowing strategy for the new blizzard may have to involve plowing snow into the center of arterial streets, and cutting traffic to one lane each direction.
He also said streets won't be treated with the city's limited sand and salt supplies until the snow ends and plowing is under way.
The threat of the pending storm forced cancellations Sunday and Monday in Kansas and Missouri, including the championship basketball tournament for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Association, which rescheduled the tournament for Tuesday in Park City, Kan.
Matt Lehenbauer, emergency management director for Woodward County, Okla., said he expects rain or snow to begin there Sunday evening and forecast up to a foot of snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
"We're expecting white out conditions," he said.
He said there is plenty of salt and sand on hand to help clear roads, but the conditions may cause delays.
"We may not get the roads cleared until midday Tuesday if we get the expected amount of snow and wind. As its falling, in the blizzard-like conditions, we just won't be able to keep up," he said.
Colorado snowstorm triggers blizzard warnings, slows air traffic
Feb 24 A wind-driven snowstorm blanketed eastern Colorado on Sunday, creating blizzard conditions on the High Plains and prompting the cancellation of 200 flights in and out of Denver International Airport.
Governor John Hickenlooper ordered all non-essential state workers to report to work two hours later than scheduled on Monday to give Denver snow plow drivers more time to clear city streets.
By early evening, 10 inches (25 cm) of snow had accumulated in the Denver metropolitan area, as snowfall tapered off. Blizzard conditions will remain through the night on the eastern Colorado plains, weather forecasters said.
"It's still snowing out there and there's been a lot of blowing and drifting that's made the roads tough," National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Gimmestad said.
Blizzard Rocky slams Plains region
2/25/13 LUBBOCK, Texas — Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the Midwest on Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.
National Weather Service officials issued blizzard warnings and watches in Kansas and Oklahoma through late Monday as the storm packing snow and high winds tracked eastward across West Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes in the southeast.
Snow covered Amarillo, Texas, where forecasters said up to 18 inches could fall, accompanied by wind gusts up to 65 mph. Paul Braun, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said whiteout conditions and drifting snow had made all roads in the Texas Panhandle impassable. Authorities closed Interstate 40 from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line and Interstate 27 from Lubbock to 60 miles beyond Amarillo.
"It's just a good day to stay home," Braun said. "This is one of the worst ones we've had for a while."
The weather service issued a blizzard warning for the Oklahoma Panhandle and counties along the Kansas border, warning that travel in the area would be "very dangerous" until Tuesday morning with near zero visibility and drifting snow.
Blizzard ROCKY Clobbers Amarillo, Wichita, Kansas City
February 25, 2013 A blizzard hit the Texas Panhandle and continued across Kansas and Missouri.
Snow, Mix, Rain May Disrupt Travel in East
Yeah, we got alot of rain and heavy wind this week - can't complain b/c it's been a warm and dry winter here in North Texas.
Deadly storm dumps snow in North, heavy rain in South
2/26/13 A powerful winter storm continued to hit much of the country Tuesday, with heavy snow spreading from the Plains to the Great Lakes and severe thunderstorms possible in the South, forecasters warned.
The National Weather Service said the storm would “continue to bring a variety of hazards” to the affected areas. Winds have been gusting up to hurricane strength, with 84 mph recorded at El Paso, Texas.
The storm was blamed for at least two deaths on Monday: Heavy snow caused a roof of a house in Woodward, Okla., to collapse, killing one person inside, and in northwest Kansas, a 21-year-old man was killed when his SUV overturned on an icy patch of Interstate 70. A third death was reported on Tuesday, after a female passenger died in a pickup truck accident on an icy strip of road overnight. Three others were injured in the accident.
“We have roofs collapsing all over town,” Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill, Jr., told Reuters. “We really have a mess on our hands.”
Authorities pleaded with people to stay off the roads because of what Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Postel described as a “really nasty blizzard.”
The NWS said that heavy snow would spread from the Plains to the Great Lakes, with “blizzard conditions possible through early Tuesday.”
“On the south side of the storm system, severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Gulf Coast and Southeast,” it added.
Winter Storm Shuts Down TX Panhandle
Feb 26, 2013 Dozens of motorists filled emergency shelters after their rescues from vehicles stalled in the worst blizzard of the season in the Texas Panhandle.
Lingering winter weather in the Texas Panhandle has left some roads and schools closed a day after a blizzard dumped a record 19.1 inches of snow in the Amarillo area.
National Weather Service meteorologist Krissy Scotten in Amarillo says the snowfall total Monday bested a record set Feb. 16, 1893, when 19 inches fell.
She says the city's snowfall was the second-most in a 24-hour period, just behind the 19.3 inches that fell March 25, 1934[/b]. [b]The storm that moved across the Texas Panhandle also was the third all-time snow event. The most snow in one event was 20.6 inches that fell March 25 and 26, 1934.
Scotten says Amarillo normally receives 17.8 inches of snow for the winter.
Winter storm drops snow from Missouri to Maine, threatening commute
Feb 27, 2013 A winter storm coated a swath of the country from Missouri to Maine with snow Wednesday, and forecasters warned of difficult travel in heavily populated cities like Chicago and Detroit.
About 100 flights into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare airport were canceled by midday, according to FlightAware.com, on top of more than 500 the day before.
Chicago had almost 5 inches of snow Tuesday, bringing its total for February to 14.9 inches and ranking it among the 20 snowiest months on record, according to NBCChicago.com.
As the storm moves east, it is expected to dump 6 to 10 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday from the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania through the Adirondacks of upstate New York and into interior New England.
Storm brings deaths, travel problems, power losses
A Midwest snowstorm packing heavy snow and strong winds left six people dead in Kansas, hundreds of vehicles crashed or stranded in Wisconsin, and tens of thousands of utility customers without power in Michigan.
"It's the heaviest snow we've received all winter long, as far as the largest quantity and it's wet," said Mark Rupnik, a sheriff's lieutenant in Sheboygan County, Wis., where residents were hit with 15 inches of wet snow over two days — Tuesday and Wednesday. "This is our big storm for the year, I hope."
The storm hit a wide swath of the U.S. with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and wet snow. It started in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri on Monday night and headed through Colorado, Iowa, northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan on Tuesday into Wednesday, according to Bob McMahon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wisconsin.
Kansas has been particularly pummeled with snow lately, receiving more than 2 feet of snow in some places over the last week or so. As of Wednesday morning, about 10,000 Kansas customers in mostly eastern counties were still without power, though company officials expected all service to be restored by the end of the day.
Storm Saturn dumps snow from Minnesota to Tennessee
3/4/13 A winter storm dropped heavy snow Monday and churned up sharp gusts of wind across a swath of the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley before it was expected to push east.
The storm slammed parts of Montana, North Dakota and Iowa and much of Minnesota, leaving a long arm of snow across the Upper Midwest and as far south as Tennessee, The Weather Channel reported.
Parts of Iowa and North Dakota could see as much as 15 inches of snow by Monday evening. Reduced visibility across the Great Plains will probably jam the major interstates, turning morning and evening commutes into a slog.
The winter storm is expected to move out of the Plains and push into the Great Lakes by late Monday and Tuesday, with the thickest snowfall expected in Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northern Indiana.
Winter Clings On With Upper Midwest Snowstorm Saturn
3/5/13 CHICAGO (AP) — Mother Nature is apparently saving the best, or at least the biggest, for last.
Chicago residents expected to find themselves in the midst of a storm that could wind up dumping as much as 10 inches of snow in the area before the end of Tuesday — the most since the 2011 blizzard and its more than 20 inches of snow.
"This will be the biggest widespread storm of the winter," National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley said. The forecast is for 8 to 10 inches throughout northeastern Illinois and northwest Indiana, a far cry from last March, which saw less than a half-inch of snow and was the warmest one on record in Illinois.
Hardware stores in and around the city did brisk business Monday, selling salt and snow shovels at a time many usually turn their thoughts toward gardening and baseball.
"Everybody's got a little comment with every bag they're buying," said Mike McIntosh, who works at Dressel's Hardware in Oak Park just outside Chicago. Workers had started to stock the shelves with tools and supplies associated with spring and summer, only to find the shovels and salt they thought they'd hold for another year were still in demand.
"Everybody's a bit surprised, but it's good for us, we've got a lot of this stuff to move," he said.
'Heart attack snow' falling on broad swath of US
A storm packing heavy, wet, travel-snarling snow threatened the Midwest on Tuesday with its hardest punch of the winter, and forecasters said it could curl through the major cities of the Northeast later this week.
Chicago expected up to a foot of snow, the most there since a blizzard in 2011. More than 1,100 flights were canceled into and out of O’Hare and Midway airports. Minneapolis-St. Paul reported delays up to an hour, where more than 100 flights had been canceled, according to FlightAware.com.
The city of Chicago and the Illinois Tollway, a tangle of highways around the city, deployed their full fleets of snowplows, 466 in all. Dozens of school systems closed for the day. The evening rush hour was expected to be brutal.
The heaviest snow Tuesday was expected to be in a band stretching from Minnesota and Wisconsin down through the eastern nose of Iowa and across through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and the central Appalachian Mountains.
Winter Storm Saturn: East Coast Beast
Cant get more occult than this! How sad the Beast of Revelation 13 even controls weather!
March 5, 2013 Winter Storm Saturn will continue laying down a heavy swath of snow from the Midwest to the Ohio Valley.
Let's lay out the who, what and how much bullet points
Winds down over southern Wisconsin and Illinois in the evening,
and over Indiana late at night. Rain quickly changes to snow across Ohio in the evening, briefly heavy before winding down rapidly early Wednesday. Lighter snows drop into northern Kentucky at times. Snows expand into central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic later
Snowstorm strikes US Midwet
A snowstorm that has dumped up to 12 inches (30cm) on parts the US Midwest and cancelled 1,100 flights is now making its way to mid-Atlantic states.
Omega block Storm Potential March 6-7, 2013
Minneapolis, Chicago snow biggest dumps of the season
Giant waves in the atmosphere causing extreme weather
Plains and Ohio Valley Indianapolis, Louisville
Washington DC set for Snowquester
DC, Virginia, Maryland Midweek Snowstorm
Disruptive snowstorm to head northwest to northeast
A storm forecast to roll ashore in the Pacific Northwest Saturday will spread a swath of snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind across a large part of the nation next week.
As the caboose of Alberta Clipper storms exits the East later this weekend, the new cross-country storm will already be putting down heavy snow over part of the northern Rockies and northern Plains.
As the caboose of Alberta Clipper storms exits the East later this weekend, the new cross-country storm will already be putting down heavy snow over part of the northern Rockies and northern Plains.
Sunday night and Monday, the storm will begin to focus over the Midwest. Windblown snow is possible over portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Meanwhile, rain and thunderstorms will be gathering farther south over the Ohio and lower Mississippi valleys.
The snow can be intense in some areas across the north, while the storms and downpours can be quite heavy farther south. The snow across the north could result in significant travel issues; the rain in the south could be heavy enough to cause incidents of flooding.
The track of the storm will determine whether or not heavy snow swings as far south as Chicago and Detroit. Minneapolis appears to be in line for a heavy snowfall.
After the storm reaches the Midwest, it may split into two parts Monday night and Tuesday with one center swinging toward the eastern Great Lakes and a new center developing near or east of the central Appalachians.
For now, this doesn't seem to want to go away. Surprising it's continuing well into March...
Late-winter storms could bring more snow to Northeast
A pair of storm systems that were moving across the country on Sunday could join forces to bring snow to the Northeast — even as the official start of spring approaches next week.
One storm was spreading snow showers from the Cascades and northern Rockies into the northern Plains and was expected to bring snow to the Dakotas, Minnesota and western Wisconsin tonight, the Weather Channel said.
There was also a chance of snow in West Virgina, southwest Pennsylvania and northwestern Virginia Sunday night, according to meteorologists.
Another storm system was moving over the Ohio Valley Sunday and was expected to continue moving east, joining the northern system to produce a "fairly potent storm off the New England coast Tuesday," the Weather Channel said.
In addition, severe thunderstorms were in Monday's forecast from southern Ohio down into Kentucky, Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and northeast Texas.
Snow was expected to close in on parts of the Northeast as the work week gets underway. The Weather Channel said the best chance for accumulating snow and freezing rain was in New England and other interior sections of the Northeast.
Snow is also possible on the I-95 corridor from Washington to Philadelphia Sunday night and from New York to Boston Monday night.
The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration called for a chance of rain in New York City Monday, with showers also forecast for Tuesday. NOAA also forecasted snow early Tuesday morning in Boston, but little accumulation is expected as the precipitation turns to sleet and rain during the day.
Wednesday marks the first official day of spring.
Severe storms, large hail pummel parts of South
Severe thunderstorms, some packing high winds and large hail, pummel parts of the South
3/19/13 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.
In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.
National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Weber said there were reports of hail the size of softballs in some areas around Jackson.
"This is the time of year that we get hail storms, but hail this size is pretty rare," Weber said.
Emergency officials said there were reports of downed trees or other damage in 14 Mississippi counties.
Roads throughout the Jackson area were littered with broken limbs and pine needles, from the hail driving through trees. Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.
"What I found interesting is that hail is the threat that we don't talk about that much," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent. "But you can see how destructive it can be in a short amount of time. We got a tough lesson today."
Glenn Ezell and his son were putting tarps on the metal roof of their mobile home in Brandon after the storm swept through the area.
"It started hailing big enough that it come through the roof and broke the sheetrock. It was as big as your fist," he said.
Meteorologists issued tornado warnings for parts of northwest Georgia and severe thunderstorm warnings around the state.
Flights were delayed by more than an hour Monday afternoon at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after officials thee ordered a ground stop, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.
In neighboring Alabama, the storms knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers.
Etowah County officials said a person had to be removed from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell onto it. Nearly two dozen trees had toppled onto Alabama Highway 77.
"I think most of it was caused by straight line winds, we just won't know really until tomorrow when the National Weather Service comes and does an assessment," said Gadsden-Etowah County EMA director Mike Bryant.
Bryant said eight people in the Gadsden area and five others in the county were hospitalized Monday night, but he did not know the extent of their injuries.
Meteorologists recorded wind speeds of 80 mph in some areas, and DeKalb County EMA director Anthony Clifton said the roof was ripped from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.
In Tennessee, heavy rain helped firefighters contain a wildfire that burned nearly 60 rental cabins in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The fire forced up to 200 people who had been staying in cabins in the area to evacuate.
Fire officials had worried earlier that wind-whipped flames might jump a ridgeline and threaten Pigeon Forge, a popular tourism destination that's home to country star Dolly Parton's amusement park, Dollywood.
Late winter snow snarls traffic, shuts schools in northeastern U.S.
BOSTON/CONWAY, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Snow, sleet and rain hit the northeastern United States on Tuesday, the last full day of winter, slowing traffic, closing schools and annoying people tired of the wet and cold weather.
In New England, about 6 inches of snow fell on Boston, with as much as 10 inches recorded in the city's northern suburbs and southern New Hampshire and Vermont.
New England has seen a steady stream of heavy snowfalls this winter, including a February blizzard that dropped more than 3 feet of snow in parts of the region.
Massachusetts state officials postponed a statewide test of grammar school students. Many school districts, including Boston, canceled classes on Tuesday, the last day of winter before the Spring Equinox, which falls on Wednesday.
"We've had more than enough and I could really do with a break," said Paul Nulsen, 59, a researcher at an astronomical observatory, as he shoveled a sidewalk outside his house in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Snow was expected to change to sleet and later to rain in Boston, with the heaviest snow expected north of New England's largest city, said Alan Dunham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.
The region was not the only one in the United States to be inconvenienced by inclement weather. In the southeast, windstorms left more than 130,000 homes and businesses without power on Tuesday morning, the day after high winds shook Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Two tornadoes touched down in Tennessee, blowing down trees and damaging some small buildings, according to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service.
Looks like HAARP is really out of control now.
Major Storm Potential Palm Sunday Weekend
March 22, 2013 Another major storm has begun to cross the nation with areas of heavy snow, flooding rain and severe thunderstorms. The worst conditions with the storm may center over the Palm Sunday weekend.
Like many storms during the second half of the winter, this first major storm of the spring could threaten lives and property, bring significant travel disruptions and foil outdoor plans.
The storm will drive cold air southward over the Rockies and part of the Great Basin.
After bringing drenching rain and heavy mountain snow to the Northwest and part of the Rockies late this week, a storm from the Pacific will reorganize over the Central states this weekend.
The exact track of the main storm as it heads from the Rockies to the Atlantic coast will determine the portions of states along the way that will be on the receiving end of heavy snow versus drenching rain.
The storm will move eastward along a strong temperature contrast from south to north. Almost midwinter cold will linger in the northern tier states, while warmth and humidity build over the Deep South. This temperature contrast will likely be compressed in the middle with a distance of a couple hundred miles or less potentially separating temperatures in the 80s from the 20s and low 30s.
The temperature contrast will make for very challenging forecasts when determining which areas near the storm track will get snow versus rain. However, this stored energy can yield very dramatic results ranging from a foot or more of snow in some areas to a half a foot of rain with flooding and a severe weather outbreak.
The storm will gather enough cold air to begin producing a swath of heavy snow over parts of the central and southern Plains later Saturday and Saturday night. Parts of Kansas and Missouri appear to be in the middle of several different potential tracks at this time.
During Sunday, the band of heavy snow will nose eastward, most likely impacting some of the Ohio Valley states. A small shift in the storm track could mean the difference between heavy snow in Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Dayton versus Omaha, Chicago and Cleveland.
By Monday, the zone of heavy snow will be impacting part of the central and southern Appalachians and could be aiming all the way to part of the mid-Atlantic coast and the I-95 corridor. Not only will the same challenges remain in the north-south orientation of the storm, but warm air from the Atlantic Ocean may play a role.
There is the potential for severe weather to develop in portions of the Deep South from Texas and Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama, southern Georgia and northern Florida with the storm system this weekend.
Storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow in Midwest
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A major weekend storm could give new meaning to March Madness for the thousands of fans in Kansas City for the men's college basketball tournament, blanketing northern areas of the nation's heartland in up to a foot of snow and bringing downpours and possibly, tornadoes, to parts of the South.
Forecasters said Friday that the storm expected to come down from the Rocky Mountains could dump 8 or more inches of snow on Kansas City and could also blanket Indianapolis, Omaha, Neb., and Springfield, Ill. More snow is expected to hit parts of the Northeast early next week, and the cold air may stick around for even longer.
"Baseball season's about to start. Let's hope this is it," said John Hart, a meteorologist with Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
Farther south, tornadoes are possible in Louisiana and Mississippi as the storm system moves east, while strong winds and low humidity levels could lead to forest fires and wildfires in parts of New Mexico and west Texas.
The new system could pose headaches in winter-weary Kansas City over the Palm Sunday weekend because of the thousands of people in town for the college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. But a spokesman for Kansas City's public works department said it has more than enough resources to handle whatever the new storm brings.
"We are ahead of the game," spokesman Sean Demory said. "We have more than $1 million left in our snow budget, 17,000 tons of salt, and our crews are set for 24-hour activity on arterials and at least 12 hours a day on residential streets."
After two mild winters, this will be the third major snowstorm in about a month for the Midwest. Weather Service meteorologist Chris Bowman in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said this weekend's storm will be similar to one in late February that brought white-out conditions, dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas, and forced the cancellation of several flights in and out of Kansas City International Airport.
"We're going to have a pretty major late winter-early spring snowstorm," Bowman said. "Right now, with the models trickling in, my preliminary thinking is a good swath of 8 to 12 inches of snow will fall along the I-70 corridor."
He said Kansas City will get rain Saturday afternoon, then snow in the early evening that will likely continue until around noon on Sunday.
Only last week, some areas enjoyed record high temperatures in the 80s for a March 15 that seemed to signal the end of a winter that saved its worst for last, with two major snowstorms in late February.
"It's fairly rare to get this powerful of a system this late in the year with the potential to drop that much snowfall," Bowman said.
Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce in Wichita, Kan., said the storm system will start moving into northwest Kansas on Friday night and march eastward on Saturday. The state's highest predicted snowfall is expected along the Colorado border, where a foot or more could fall.
Goodland is expected to get 12 inches of snow in northwest Kansas, while Wichita was expecting 2 to 5 inches and Topeka was forecast to get about 6 inches, she said.
The storm will start with rain before turning entirely to snow, accompanied by strong winds that could hamper visibility and create some drifting, Pearce said.
"A rain or snow mix could create a little bit of a challenge and hazardous driving potential," she said. "But for the most part, it's going to be just snow once major precipitation gets to some of those areas."
Pearce said Wichita has had 24.5 inches of snow since Jan. 1, more than 10 inches above normal, while Topeka has seen about 7 inches more than normal. In northwest Kansas, the nearly 28 inches so far this winter is about normal, but the additional foot expected on Saturday will push that well above average, she said.
Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.
Snowstorm takes aim at Plains, Midwest
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An early spring snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Denver International Airport and closed several roads Saturday as it moved eastward, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places.
The snow started falling around midnight in northeast Colorado and then moved into northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska.
Ten to 15 inches of snowfall had fallen by late Saturday morning north of Interstate 70 in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado, with an additional 3 inches expected in the area, said Jerry Killingsworth, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The interstate had been shut down Saturday from Denver to Colby, Kan., because of poor visibility. The northbound lanes of Interstate 25 also were closed south of Fort Collins, Colo., because of multiple accidents.
"It's a mess here," said Killingsworth, who is based in Goodland, Kan., which had received 14 inches. "Heavy, wet snow, tree limbs down."
As the system moved eastward, it threatened to inconvenience fans attending the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Kansas City.
Pamela Murray, a meteorologist in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said Kansas City and western Missouri would see light showers and drizzle before the precipitation switched over to snow Saturday afternoon. The heaviest snowfall was expected overnight.
Dan Gavitt, vice president of the NCAA men's basketball championships, said teams and officials already are onsite and that no game delays are anticipated.
"This region routinely has winter snow and has the appropriate equipment and procedures to manage these winter conditions," Gavitt said in written statement. "We encourage fans planning to attend games to pay attention to the weather, use good judgment and follow any directions from local authorities regarding travel and weather."
North Carolina coach Roy Williams was nonplussed.
"It's no distraction, unless the roof goes off, we'll still be able to play and the whole bit like that," Williams said.
Elsewhere, some churches and other organizations were calling off events. Among them, the final game of the Emporia State baseball series with Southwest Baptist was canceled.
Denver International Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery Heath Montgomery said about 106 flights have been canceled, many of which involved commuter jets headed to nearby destinations or to mountain towns.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said up to a foot of new snow in the mountains could create dangerous avalanche conditions.
Colorado State Patrol troopers also spent part of Saturday working a crash near Johnstown involving a tractor-trailer that burst into flames. An estimated 20 to 50 vehicles, including four tractor-trailers, crashed or slid off the roadway in the area. The patrol said several people were hospitalized, but no fatalities have been reported.
The system will move into Illinois and Indiana overnight and into Sunday.
Meteorologist Dan Smith with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Ill., said snowstorms aren't uncommon in early spring. The latest the area has seen snow, he said, was April 23, in 1910.
"One good thing about them is it doesn't matter how much you get, it usually doesn't stick around too long because temperatures start to warm up pretty good," he said.
Farther south, tornadoes were possible in Louisiana and Mississippi, while strong winds and low humidity could lead to forest fires and wildfires in parts of New Mexico and west Texas.
Severe U.S. storm brings heavy snow, baseball-sized hail
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A major early spring storm brought heavy snow, severe thunderstorms and floods as it moved east across the United States on Saturday, closing highways and causing a pileup involving dozens of vehicles.
Baseball-sized hail was reported in northern Florida, along with possible tornadoes, while heavy snow in Colorado and Kansas delayed flights and shut down part of Interstate-70.
A crash involving up to 50 vehicles closed part of Interstate-25 near Loveland, Colorado, north of Denver. There did not appear to be major injuries, but many cars needed to be moved off the road, said Mindy Crane, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
More than 200 miles of I-70 were closed in both directions from near Denver to Colby, Kansas, due to poor visibility.
"All in all, this is a pretty nasty storm," said AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Tom Kines.
Crane said there was no estimate for the reopening of the I-25. "We're seeing 40-miles-per-hour gusts."
The snow in the Loveland area was reported to be at least 10 to 12 inches deep, she said.
Snow delayed arriving flights at Denver International Airport, said spokesman Heath Montgomery.
The snow was expected to move east to Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, over the next 24 hours, before moving into the mid-Atlantic states, Kines said.
Rough weather also was forecast in the Gulf Coast region from Florida to eastern Texas throughout Saturday, with large hail, damaging winds and possible tornadoes, Kines said.
In northern Florida, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville had reports of high winds and possible tornado touchdowns, though no twisters have been confirmed, according to meteorologist Phil Peterson.
Peterson said the weather service also had reports of baseball-sized hail west of Lawtey, Florida, early in the afternoon. Lake City received two inches of heavy rain in 30 minutes, he said.
Winter Storm Virgil
March 24, 2013 Winter Storm Virgil due from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic into Monday.
Virgil delivered 8 inches of snow to Denver and 14 inches of snow to Goodland, Kansas Saturday.
Heads to Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio through Sunday. Lighter snows Monday across the Ohio Valley.
Midwest, Northeast to Endure More Cold Well into April
3/25/13 While April will not be as cold as March, thanks to the strengthening sun, pockets of cold air will continue their invasion from the northern Plains to the Midwest and Northeast into the first half of the month.
As we progress through spring, warmth is highly dependent on sunshine. Through the first half of April, most of the northern tier states should bag more sunny days, compared to the first four weeks or so of March.
However, the overall weather pattern into the first part of April will continue to run about a month or so behind schedule. March behaved a lot like a typical February, and it appears the first half of April will be what March should have been like.
The current batch of cold air will reach its peak during the middle of this week but will back off briefly over part of the Easter Weekend, ahead of another push of cold air from the Midwest to the Northeast.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "The pattern into the first half of April or so still favors blocking to some extent."
Anderson is referring to the configuration of strong winds high in the atmosphere, known as the jet stream. The blocking limits the general west to east movement of weather systems.
"The jet stream appears as though it will continue its antics of large southward dips, known as troughs, and northward bulges, known as ridges, "Anderson stated, "Occasionally these dips will break off from the main jet stream forming closed-off lows."
So while the weather moving through the first half of April will bring some warm, sunny days, these could still be outnumbered by days with clouds, showers and chilly conditions.
Even in parts of the South, a few outbreaks of chilly air are possible.
In short, spring will continue to evolve slowly. In some cases, it could be six to eight weeks behind what it was last year at this time.
Spring is often a chaotic time of the year in terms of weather, but with the pattern remaining around this year there is the potential for very dramatic weather changes from day to day.
Even in an average spring, the challenge of hitting temperatures on the mark a few days in advance can be challenging. This spring will be especially challenging. One thing to keep in mind is that normal temperatures trend upward markedly. What may be a mild day now may be considered chilly a couple of weeks from now in the realm of normal average temperatures.
During the second half of April, AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists expect the atmosphere to start to behave more like the calendar from the northern Plains to the Northeast.
According to Long Range Weather Expert Paul Pastelok, "The number of episodes of cold air should gradually fade away during week three and four of April with temperatures and the weather pattern finally trending toward normal."
The combination of the frequent chilly outbreaks, combined with strengthening sunshine will generally work against major flooding events in most areas. The pattern will allow a gradual thaw by day and a freeze-up at night.
However, because the snow cover will not rapidly dissipate on its own, such as over the northern Plains, Upper Midwest and in northern New England, there is some risk of flooding, providing a storm with heavy rain rolls in.
The geographical setup of the Red River (over the northern Plains/Upper Midwest) is a perennial trouble spot. It flows northward from warmer to colder climate zones.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists and National Weather Service hydrologists will be keeping an eye on the potential for this well into the spring.
Snow in Nearly Half of US
3/26/13 Springtime: the time for flowers, newborn animals … and snow. Nearly half of the United States is currently covered in snow, including most of Canada, as can be seen in this image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That's the largest extent of snow cover at this point in the season in at least 10 years, according to NOAA. Much of the snow came from a massive spring blizzard that dropped snow throughout the Midwest and East Coast, breaking records in many cities.
The town of Lincoln, Ill., broke its daily snow total of 4 inches (10 centimeters), which was set in 1947, with 10.8 inches (27 cm) of snow on Sunday (March 24), according to AccuWeather. The weather system also dropped 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) of snow in Columbus, Ohio, breaking the old record of 1.8 inches (4.6 cm) set in 1965.
Currently, 44 of 50 states have some snow on the ground. The only states without any of the fluffy stuff are Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Rhode Island.
So far in March, more than 1,741 daily snowfall records have been set or tied compared to only 616 at this time last year, according to the Capitol Weather Gang.
The image of U.S. snow cover was created from data gathered by NOAA's Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System, which uses satellites to measure snowfall based on the amount of light reflected from the Earth's surface (snow reflects more light than bare earth).
Major Storm Potential Next Week for Plains, West
Apr 3, 2013 A major storm is likely to impact a million square miles over the Plains and West with areas of rain, snow and severe weather next week.
As a large storm begins to spread rain across the South this week, a new and even larger storm is forecast to impact parts of the West beginning this weekend and continuing into the middle of next week with significant moisture for some very needy areas.
The pattern of chilly air in parts of the East and warmth in the West is about to flip long enough to allow a large storm to roll in from the Pacific with moisture and potentially tap Gulf of Mexico moisture.
The storm would begin to gather moisture and strength over the weekend and would reach its peak during the first part of next week.
In addition to impacting the Northwest, areas of low-elevation rain and high-elevation snow could reach building drought areas of Wyoming, Colorado, southern Montana, Utah, Nevada and southern Idaho.
There is the potential that drenching rain could even reach across parts of big drought areas of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas next week.
Like many storms in the West, the greatly diverse terrain will play a role on enhancing the precipitation in some areas and diminishing it in others.
Enough cold air could arrive on the scene to make for a heavy snowfall instead of rain over portions of the Plains of Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle as well as the Black Hills area.
Temperature suddenly plunges 55 degrees in Colorado: 'It's just brutal'
4/9/13 Blizzard warnings were in effect Tuesday in Colorado, where the temperature plunged more than 50 degrees in less than 24 hours and the wind chill approached zero. Wyoming got more than a foot of snow, and forecasters said hurricane-force blasts of frigid air were possible in Utah.
The culprit is a deep dip in the jet stream that swung west and pulled arctic air far into the country. As it collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, strong storms and tornadoes are possible in the Great Plains and Texas.
“It’s just brutal to be outside,” said Eric Fisher, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
In Denver, the temperature plummeted from 71 degrees at 2 p.m. Monday to 16 degrees at 7 a.m. Tuesday, with a wind chill of 1. More than 250 flights were canceled into and out of Denver on Tuesday alone.
In Wyoming, authorities closed two stretches of interstate more than 100 miles long — I-25 between Cheyenne and Douglas and I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins. More than a foot of snow fell by midmorning in the city of Lander, and one town near the Nebraska state line reported 2-foot snow drifts.
Snow was also falling at midday in Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas and Minnesota. Forecasters said Denver could get as much as 11 inches and South Dakota more than a foot. In Utah, wind gusts of 75 mph were possible, The Weather Channel reported. Colorado Springs reported a gust of 60 mph.
The calendar may say spring, but April is the second-snowiest month of the year in Denver. The city has averaged 9 inches in April since 1882, second only to the 11.5 inches it gets in an average March, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather pattern threatened to bring damaging wind, large hail and perhaps tornadoes to parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa, and weaker storms later in the day in the Ohio Valley.
“We’re looking at the gamut today for severe weather,” Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said.
As the system moves east, severe storms are possible Wednesday across a boomerang-shaped swath of the country from the Texas Gulf Coast north through Indiana and into western Pennsylvania.
Severe storms could move into Georgia, West Virginia and the Carolinas on Thursday.
Storm system to bring more snow from South Dakota to Minnesota
4/10/13 A vast storm system Wednesday night may bring snow from eastern South Dakota into northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa, and central and southern Minnesota, to include the Twin Cities, The Weather Channel reported. Four to eight inches of snow could fall Wednesday night alone in the Sioux Falls to Minneapolis corridor. Light snow could reach as far east as northern Wisconsin, The Weather Channel reported. Farther east, in upstate New York, Buffalo could see a brief period of freezing rain Thursday morning.
Earlier Wednesday, the storm pounded the Dakotas with snow, coated Oklahoma with rare spring ice and took aim at parts of the Mid-Atlantic and South. Snow, freezing rain and strong winds snapped trees, broke power poles and left cars sheathed in ice in South Dakota, and the city of Sioux Falls declared a state of emergency.
Farther south — and much more unusually — ice coated roads in Oklahoma, all the way down to the Red River border with Texas. “For April, that is really amazing,” said Tom Niziol, a meteorologist and winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. It all made for a messy day of travel in the Great Plains and the Midwest. Chicago O’Hare, a hub airport for the central United States, reported almost 500 flight cancellations.
It's been VERY cold here in North Texas today - which probably explains why the streets in Oklahoma
(which is only a 2-3 hour drive from NT) is ice coated.
Homes leveled as storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas
4/11/13 A forceful storm system whipped tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across Missouri and Arkansas late Wednesday, wrecking homes, downing power lines and injuring multiple people in both states.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency as the severe storm system that he said included tornadoes walloped suburbs west and southwest of St. Louis. He planned to tour affected areas Thursday.
"This was a strong system of storms that caused damage to communities in several areas of our state," Nixon said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with local officials to assess damages and provide any needed assistance."
While authorities in Arkansas could not confirm that any tornadoes struck their state, three homes were destroyed and more than 50 damaged along with a church, according to Tommy Jackson, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency management. An unknown number of people were trapped inside their home when a tree fell on it in the southeast county of Lincoln, Jackson said.
The National Weather Service announced it would send response teams to survey an area near Clinton, Ark., to determine whether one or more tornadoes had touched down.
Van Buren County, in the central north of the state, was reportedly among the hardest hit as the storm swept over Arkansas. More than 30 homes were damaged, six were destroyed, and a fire department was heavily damaged, according to county judge Roger Hooper. Four people were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Weather Channel received four reports of tornadoes in Van Buren County, all of them within 24 minutes, said meteorologist Kevin Roth – which could mean that one tornado was reported multiple times in the county.
The storm made a plaything of an 18-wheeler in Botkinburg, Ark., tossing the truck and causing damage to a house, Roth said.
About 24,000 customers were without power in Missouri on Thursday morning and close to 1,000 more were in the dark in Arkansas, according to utility firms.
The storms popped up as a cold front clashed with the warm, humid southern climate, causing a more than 40-degree temperature difference in some parts of the state, according to weather.com.
The threat of strong winds, hail, and possible tornadoes moved east into the Ohio Valley and southeastern states, with the possibility for storms stretching in a wide swath from Indiana to Georgia during the day.
Other parts of the country, including South Dakota and Minnesota, were punched with a mix of snow and ice, and Gov. Mark Dayton called out the National Guard on Wednesday to help ice-bound Minnesotans. Freezing rain and ice yanked down power lines and tree limbs in southeastern Minnesota, with more foul weather and up to a threat of snow.
Winter Storm Walda Breaks Snow, Temperature Records
April 11, 2013 Winter Storm Walda continues to churn out heavy snow, some freezing rain, strong winds, and sharp temperature plunges.
High winds and blowing dust across the Desert Southwest on Monday, and wind damage and power outages in northern Utah Monday night.
Early Tuesday morning, heavy freezing rain and thunder brought down tree limbs and coated cars in ice in Sioux Falls, S.D. At one point, 35,000 customers were without power in this city of 150,000 residents.
Tuesday afternoon brought the bizarre combination of freezing rain, snow, large hail and lightning to parts of central and northeast Nebraska where severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in areas experiencing temperatures as low as 18 degrees.
And Wednesday morning brought freezing rain as far south as Abilene, Texas, an extraordinary southerly reach for icy precipitation in mid-April.
Severe Storms Ransack Eastern Half of US
Severe Weather Risk Thursday Pittsburgh to Mobile, Augusta
Strong storms march toward East Coast after killing 3 and tearing apart homes
4/12/13 A vast storm system that spawned tornadoes and killed three people marched toward the East Coast on Friday, delivering spring snow and ice to New England and promising to drench some of the country’s most populous cities.
On Thursday, storms tore through the Great Plains, Midwest and South. Tornadoes were reported in Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi, and tens of thousands of people were left without power.
Storms blew the steeple off a church and killed someone in Mississippi, and a utility worker was electrocuted repairing damage in Missouri. Earlier in the week, a Nebraska woman died trying to trudge through a vicious snowstorm from her car to her home.
In Shuqualak, Miss., Kathy Coleman said she was outside her home Thursday, signing for a delivery of dialysis medication, when the storm hit. The deliveryman rushed her into the house, and the two of them huddled with the housekeeper in the bathroom.
“All I could hear was trees breaking and falling and glass,” she said. “He started praying and I started praying. Thank God he was here.”
Umbrellas bloomed at the Masters golf tournament in Georgia, and elsewhere in the state roofs were ripped off buildings and wrapped around trees like pieces of paper, one witness said.
In Rome, Ga., a wooden beam shot through a house 3 feet from where Tim Crouch was standing.
“I’m lucky,” he said. “I’m sure there are some folks out there who can’t go back to their home.”
On Friday, the system still had remarkable reach — bending from the Canadian border in snowy North Dakota through the Great Lakes and punishing the East Coast with storms all the way to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Tornado watches were in effect in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. Parts of New Hampshire were expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to meteorologists for The Weather Channel. New York City, Boston and Washington were expecting heavy rain.
Forecasters said a similar storm pattern was taking shape for next week, probably Tuesday through Thursday, packing both snow and severe thunderstorms as it plows east.
The Rockies, parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest could get snow again, The Weather Channel said, and severe storms could rip through the southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley.
Springs storms wreak havoc in U.S. South and Midwest: 3 dead
April 13, 2013 – JACKSON, Miss. — A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power. The Meridan Star, Paula Merritt Emergency personnel carry away the body of a person killed by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Kemper County, Miss. The victim was working inside a structure that is part of the Mississppi Power Lignite Coal Plant when the tornado ripped through the community. A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power. The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that the storm system spawned 12 tornadoes in six states in recent days. Forecasters said they had confirmed three tornadoes each in Missouri, Arkansas and Alabama; and one each in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. Emergency officials said one person was killed by a tornado in Mississippi on Thursday. In Missouri, a utility worker repairing power lines was electrocuted, and a woman in Nebraska died when she tried to trudge through a blinding snowstorm from her broken-down car to her house a mile away. Golf-ball and baseball-sized hail pelted parts of Georgia and the Carolinas late Thursday and early Friday. The second day of play at the Masters at Augusta National in eastern Georgia began as scheduled Friday morning, though, and skies had cleared by the afternoon. The course was a bit wet but otherwise undamaged. High winds knocked down trees and power lines across the Southeast. Sleet and freezing rain made driving treacherous in northern New York, where several schools closed Friday and scores of others delayed the start of classes. and more wintry weather was on the way for the nation’s northern tier. The weather service was predicting that another storm system would hit the north-central U.S. starting Saturday afternoon, potentially bringing 6 to 12 inches of snow to parts of eastern Montana, much of North Dakota, northern South Dakota and northern Minnesota. In Mississippi, Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said that one person died and 10 people were injured after a tornado struck Kemper County in the far-eastern part of the state on Thursday. Authorities said the man was killed when the tornado ripped apart a business. The National Weather Service said Friday that that tornado was a category EF-3 storm, with winds of 145 mph.
Winter Storm Xerxes
April 14, 2013 X Marks the Northern Plains
Parts of the northern Plains are digging out from Winter Storm Xerxes,
on the heels of Winter Storm Walda.
April 17-18, 2013 overnite - nasty tornadic storm moving thru US heartland
Storm woes range from sinkhole to snow to twisters
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes — and a sinkhole in Chicago.
Seemingly every community in the Plains and Midwest was under some sort of watch or warning. Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Snow and ice closed highways in Colorado. Rivers were surging beyond their banks from downpours in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Frost warnings were in effect in Kansas and Oklahoma as a cold front pushed out warmer air.
"It's a classic spring storm in many ways," Mark Fuchs of the National Weather Service said. "There's a wide variety of weather, a big temperature difference."
Consider St. Louis. On Wednesday the temperature reached 85 degrees. Strong storms passed through on Thursday, and by Friday, the temperature is forecast to be around 40 degrees.
There were no immediate reports of deaths related to the vast array of foul weather around the country.
Chicago was pummeled by an all-night rainstorm that ripped open a sinkhole large enough to swallow three cars and injuring one driver badly enough that he had to be hospitalized. Police spokesman Mike Sullivan said the gaping hole opened up in a street on the city's South Side, near Lake Michigan.
The injured man was driving when the road buckled and caved in. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The other two cars were parked.
Flooding has also forced authorities to close sections of several major expressways around Chicago, canceled classes at some schools and scrapped around 550 flights at O'Hare International Airport. The gauge at O'Hare showed 5 inches of rain, and 2 more inches were expected Thursday.
Winds, possibly from a tornado, damaged dozens of homes in Spavinaw, Okla., injuring one person. Another twister damaged a few buildings near Paris, Mo. High winds also blew two tractor-trailers off a highway near Monroe City, Mo.
Up to a foot of new snow was expected in northern Minnesota. Duluth has already received 24 inches of snow this month, and the additional snowfall could push it past the April record of 31.6 inches set in 1950. Winter storm warnings were also posted for parts of North Dakota and South Dakota.
Snow and ice forced closure of sections of Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 in Colorado. The Wyoming Department of Transportation warned drivers to watch for black ice.
Flash flooding was reported in many places. In north-central Illinois, fire departments and rescue crews helped stranded motorists and residents. In Utica, the fire department evacuated a mobile home park. In Marshall County, boats were needed to rescue morning commuters trapped in flash flooding.
In Ava, Mo., a school bus carrying several children stopped because of water on the road. The driver turned around to go back, only to find flooding behind him, too. The driver and kids waited at a nearby home until help arrived. Outside the small town, an elderly couple was rescued from their mobile home after a fast-rising creek encircled the trailer.
"There were places around here this morning that like in 45 minutes got 3 inches of rain," Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said.
Roads in Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan were shut down because of flash flooding.
Several rivers were lapping over their banks, including the biggest one, the Mississippi. In Hannibal, Mo., the flood gates were installed in open sections of the levee that protects the Mark Twain sites and the rest of downtown. Emergency management director John Hark said he was in "full flood fight" mode.
The river was expected to climb nearly 10 feet above flood stage by the middle of next week several spots north of St. Louis, including tiny Clarksville, Mo.
Many of the town's 442 residents were filling sandbags Thursday as floodwaters began rising toward the unprotected downtown. City Clerk Jennifer Calvin said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was bringing in 500,000 additional sandbags, the effort speeding up because the crest of the flood is expected over the weekend.
"This is a short time frame we have to prepare for it," Calvin said. "That doesn't make it any easier."
Strong storms rolled through the St. Louis area during the morning rush Thursday, snarling traffic with water over several roadways. Winds up to 60 mph caused scattered damage.
In Chicago, the storm-swollen Chicago River was being allowed to flow into Lake Michigan, in part to relieve sewer backups downtown and in neighborhoods. The river was diverted away from the lake more than a century ago to keep pollution out of the lake, the source of the city's drinking water. Meanwhile, workers were furiously filling sandbags and putting up barricades along the north branch of the Chicago River in the Albany Park neighborhood.
Making flood concerns even worse: Forecasters are calling for the heavy rain to continue in many places into Friday morning.
More Snow from Denver to Minneapolis
4/22/13 Yet another April snowstorm is reaching across parts of the Rockies, northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.
Snow was already clobbering much of South Dakota and Wyoming. As of daylight Monday, the Rapid City area of South Dakota had received a half a foot to a foot of snow from the latest storm with similar amounts falling on parts of northern and western Wyoming. Travel along stretches of I-90 in the area will be difficult Monday.
This map shows additional snowfall forward from daybreak Monday through the storm's conclusion.
Cities that will be impacted by the late-season snow include Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., Sioux Falls, S.D., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Denver, Colo. The snow will impact portions of I-25, I-80 and I-94 in the region.
Snow will expand northeastward to the Upper Midwest and will drive southward over the central Rockies, as cold air pushes in from Canada into Tuesday.
High temperatures behind this front will struggle to reach the mid-30s on Monday, making places like Rapid City, S.D., feel more like late January than late April.
Temperatures will not rebound until the second half of the week.
The northern Plains have had their fair share of snow this spring. Many places, such as Duluth, Minn., have had their snowiest spring on record, with 42 inches.
On average, Minneapolis, Minn., receives just 2.8 inches of snow in the month of April. This April, the city has already received 14.1 inches of snow, which is the fourth snowiest April on record. After receiving another 3 to 6 inches late on Monday and Monday night, Minneapolis will close in on the all-time snowiest April, which occurred in 1983 when 21.8 inches fell.
Rapid City is likely to receive more snow this April than they typically pick up during an entire winter.
Winter Storm Yogi
April 16, 2013 West and Midwest
The weekend storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow in parts of North Dakota and northern South Dakota Sunday, breaking some records.
Cities with the greatest potential for severe weather into Wednesday night include Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Tornadoes will be the biggest danger with these storms
Winter Storm Zeus, More Rockies, Midwest Snow
Apr 22, 2013 In the last two weeks we've seen three named winter storms (Walda, Xerxes, Yogi) spread significant snow in parts of the Rockies, Plains and Upper Midwest.
Now, Winter Storm Zeus is delivering even more snow to the regions above into Tuesday.
This will be followed by the potential for record cold temperatures.
Zeus will bring snow or rain changing to snow from Wyoming and Colorado to South Dakota, northern Nebraska, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Snow From Denver to Minneapolis
April 23, 2013 Snow was already clobbering much of South Dakota and Wyoming.
Flooding Outlook for Illinois and Surrounding States
A storm bringing snow to part of the northern Plains, Rockies and upper Great Lakes during the first part of this week will send a swath of rain through the Midwest.
Naming winter storms like this is part of the Beast system. DONT LAUGH.
Record cold will mean costlier bread
It's known as winter wheat and is key to flour and exports, but freezing temperatures have added to drought to slash production figures.
Boy, was the groundhog wrong. It seems the winter weather currently gripping much of the Midwestern U.S. just won't let go. But this cold spell is more than just an annoyance -- it's creating some major problems for the nation's economically important wheat crop. Record low temperatures, combined with the ongoing historic drought, are damaging winter wheat across the Great Plains states. And that will likely mean higher prices through much of the food chain. The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of wheat -- and industry analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg say American wheat farmers will most likely lose about 25% of their hard red winter wheat this season.
And hard red winter wheat is a big deal. It's the class of wheat used for many breads and in all-purpose flours, and it accounts for more than 40% of the overall U.S. wheat crop and half of U.S. wheat exports. Bloomberg reports that Societe Generale estimates wheat futures prices will jump by 15%, to $8.50 a bushel, by the fourth quarter.
Winter wheat is sown in the autumn, goes dormant over the winter and starts growing in the spring. But this month in Kansas, the state with the largest wheat production, temperatures dropped to their lowest levels for the first half of April in more than a century. "I’m going to assume 75% of my wheat froze," Gary Millershaki, a farmer in southwestern Kansas, told Bloomberg about his 2,800 acres of hard red winter wheat. "It looks like someone sprayed a defoliant on it." Food Business News, quoting the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly crop report, says overall growing conditions in the 18 major winter wheat states had 35% of the crop rated at good to excellent, compared to 63% during the same time period a year ago, with 32% of the current wheat crop rated fair and 33% at poor to very poor.
At the same time, U.S. government estimates say global wheat supplies will drop to a four-year low in 2013, with production also declining in other major wheat producing countries. There's one bit of silver lining, according to Food Business News. "Exceptional” drought conditions in some wheat-growing states, particularly Nebraska and North Dakota, are decreasing. And as of last week, moderate or worse drought conditions in the Lower 48 states fell to less than 50% for the first time since last June.
Why Has There Been So Much Snow This Spring?
Date: 24 April 2013 Time: 01:10 PM ET
Spring has gotten off to a colder- and snowier-than-average start in parts of the United States, particularly in the eastern Rockies and Upper Midwest.
Duluth, Minn., for example, has seen 51 inches (130 centimeters) of snow this April. That's not only the most snow the town has seen in any April — breaking the old mark of 31.6 inches (80 cm) — but the most snow the town has received in any month, ever, according to government records. As of Monday (April 22), a total of 995 snowfall records have also been broken so far this month, according to AccuWeather. Over the same time period last year, 195 snowfall records had been broken.
More than 91 percent of the upper Midwest also has snow on the ground as of today (April 24), meteorologist Jason Samenow wrote at the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang blog. "Snow cover in the previous 10 years on this date hasn't even come close to reaching this extent (ranging from 19 percent to much lower)," he wrote.
So why has spring failed to take hold? Blame the jet stream.
The record snow and below-average cold is due to a trough or dip in the jet stream, which has brought blasts of freezing air as far south as the Mexican border, said Jeff Weber, a scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
Whence the snow?
This dip in the jet stream has also brought moisture from the Pacific to the Eastern Rockies. Boulder, Colo., for example, saw 47 inches (119 cm) of snow in April, breaking the old record of 44 inches (112 cm).
From the dip, the jet stream then swoops up to the north toward Minnesota, bringing new moisture with it from the Gulf of Mexico, Weber said. That has made for snowy conditions throughout the region.
This persistent trough has largely stayed in place during much of April, due in part to a stubborn mass of warm air over Greenland and the North Atlantic, Weber said. A similar system was also responsible for the record cold seen in March throughout much of the Eastern United States.
This mass of air has blocked the normal eastward progression of the jet stream, which normally brings warm air from the south and west into the central United States. Instead, this "buckled" jet stream has been stuck in place, bathing the Rockies and Upper Midwest in cold, and often moist, air, Weber said.
But now, the mass of warm air over the North Atlantic is finally dissipating, and higher temperatures are expected by this weekend from Colorado to Minnesota, Weber said. While temperatures have recently dipped into the single digits (below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 12 degrees Celsius), they should reach above 80 F (27 C) by the weekend throughout much of this region, he said. [6 Signs that Spring Has Sprung]
This will lead to a lot of melted snow, which could cause some of the worst flooding ever seen in the Upper Midwest, Weber said.
The persistent cold has helped tamped down severe weather and tornadoes, which thrive on the interaction of warm, moist air with cold, dry air, Weber said. However, he expects to see a lot more severe weather and tornadoes in the near future, particularly in the Southeast.
Winter Storm Achilles Omaha to Minneapolis
May 1, 2013 Winter Storm Achilles to spread snow from the Rockies to the Plains and Midwest
The same storm bringing heavy snow to Denver and heavy, wet snow from Nebraska to Wisconsin and Michigan.
Strong Storms Threaten Oklahoma, Texas
Travel Advisories, Icy Roads from Kansas to Wisconsin
May 02, 2013 4:00 AM
After temperatures soared into the 80s Monday in parts of the Plains, warmth was quickly replaced by temperatures in the 30s and a late-season snow.
More than 8 inches of snow had piled up in in Brainerd, Minn., through Thursday morning as snow continued to fall. Up to 18 inches of snow was reported for parts of Larimer County in Colorado from the same system on Wednesday.
This is the biggest May snowstorm in recorded history in Minnesota.
An unusual May snowstorm dumped several inches of snow across portions of the Rockies, Plains and Midwest.
15.5 inches fell in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Localized power outages have been reported.
US Headed For The Coldest Spring On Record
May 3, 2013 Winter Storm Achilles dumps snow on NW Arkansas. Thats a record for that state. Several states setting records for late season snowfall.
And it's also been VERY cold here in North Texas the last couple of days.
BTW - why are they now giving names to winter storms?
Why are they now giving names to winter storms?
Its part of the Beast plan. Its stupid. Its ridiculous.
The Beast wants people constantly upset, stampede the sheepl.
DONT BE a SHEEPL!
Weather Extremes Flip-Flop in Denver
On April 29, Denver neared its record high for the date when it hit 80 degrees. By the next night, temperatures dove to 38 degrees. A snowstorm dumped 3.2 inches on the city through May 1.
This was not the first extreme jump for Denver this spring. April 7 and 8 brought temperatures in the 70s and 80s before plunging to 22 degrees and receiving almost a foot of snow. Temperatures then warmed into the 60s before more cold and an additional 7 inches of snow moved through for April 15 to the 17. More warm air settled into the city again, before 4 inches of snow accumulated on April 22 and 23.
Denver's location makes it no stranger to weather extremes.
"Springtime can be very volatile on the Front Range of the Rockies," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Ken Clark.
Clark explained that westerly flows off the Rockies create warmth, but quick-moving cold fronts are able to send temperatures into a dive. Cold fronts from Canada are pushed off the east side of the Rockies and drain into the Denver area.
These drastic swings are common for Denver. Clark said that they will typically get the most snow in the late fall and early winter, then again in mid-spring rather than in the traditionally main winter months. However, despite the usual variations in weather, this year has been more extreme than most.
"It's been about 6.5 degrees below normal since April 1," Clark said. "Some days have been 20 degrees above average, but many others have been 20 degrees below average."
Low temperature records have been set this year on April 9, 10, 16, 22 and May 2. Clark cites an active storm track as the force behind the extremes. Moisture from the southeast is pulled into cold air coming down from Canada, creating conditions for snow.
It's not only snow and cold that Denver needs to look out for. Summer thunderstorms are also very common, and the area has high occurrences of hail.
Frost, Freeze Risk for New England, Mid-Atlantic
Frost will threaten gardens in the Midwest and Northeast for the start of the week.
Chilly air that started off Mother's Day weekend will continue through Monday night bringing March-like frost and freezes to some locations.
Saturday night and early Mother's Day morning, temperatures dropped to around freezing in northern Michigan, allowing for some morning snow.
Temperatures on Sunday were held to more than 15 degrees below normal in the Great Lakes with a northerly breeze making the temperature feel even colder.
However, the breeze diminished by Sunday night allowing for areas of frost across the Midwest and into parts of the Northeast. This will be the case Monday night across much of New England and the mid-Atlantic as this cold air shifts eastward.
Late last week, Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski warned that "near-freezing temperatures will have some agricultural interests taking precautions to reduce the risk of damage to orchards, vineyards and berry farms."
Homeowners who have already planted their warm-season plants across these areas should take precautions to cover and protect them.
After the first few nights of the week, temperatures will rebound as a storm system moving across southern Canada brings warmer temperatures to the Great Lakes Tuesday and to the Northeast Wednesday.