Spring Storm Closes Schools And Roads Throughout Central US

Spring Storm Closes Schools And Roads Throughout Central US

Airport officials said they had snow-removal crews in place. "But.it's worth repeating. Stay safe out there!"

The heaviest snow will hit north central Nebraska, central and southeast South Dakota and Minnesota, including metro Minneapolis, as the storm system continues its track toward northeast into Canada. The weather service office in South Dakota issued a warning not to travel in parts of the state due to poor road conditions and adverse weather.

The storm, named Wesley by The Weather Channel, brought risky winds, heavy snowfalls, hail risk, downed powerlines, flooding and even thunderstorms and tornado warnings in some areas.

This week's storm will keep dumping snow on parts of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin throughout the day, meteorologist Hurley said.

To the south in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, the storm will cause high winds, with wind gusts potentially reaching up to 75 miles per hour.

Denver's award winning CBS Meteorologist Dave Aguilera explained that Wesley was not "technically" a bomb cyclone - defined as when barometric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours - but the storm was bad enough.

This one comes about four weeks after a similarly powerful system dumped heavy snow and rain on some of the same territory, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in livestock and crop damage in Nebraska alone, largely through flooding.

"We look back at the top 10 largest snow events and we've seen several 10-inch events in April stretching back to 1893", Hewett said.

"Roads will become snow and slush covered leading to slippery conditions this afternoon and evening".

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Wednesday closed state government offices in 52 counties under a blizzard warning, according to a statement from her office. The weather should turn back to a bit more normal on Saturday, with temperatures expected in the 40s and no precipitation in the forecast.

The Minnesota State Patrol said it has responded to more 200 crashes statewide since Wednesday. Of those, 33 involved injuries, authorities tweeted.

The weather changed abruptly in Denver, which on Tuesday reached a near-record high, 78 degrees, for that date.

As of late Wednesday, the snowfall totals were staggering and are only expected to climb. An unusual but not rare weather phenomenon known as "thunder snow" - snow accompanied by thunder and lightning - was reported Wednesday in central South Dakota.

The Red River is experiencing significant flooding because of melting snow, with this new storm likely prolonging the high water. "This will feature blizzard conditions and some ice on the cold side with severe thunderstorms on the warm side".

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds urged residents to make preparations for flooding. By Thursday morning, the same area will see blizzard conditions.

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