A late season winter storm will slam the Rockies and the central Plains beginning today. A winter storm warning is in effect for Denver through midnight tonight. The western suburbs could see up to a foot of snow.
Five to ten inches of snow is expected over the eastern half of the metro area. This will cause significant delays and cancellations at Denver International Airport.
Snow accumulations are expected to exceed 12 inches across portions of northwestern Oklahoma and south central Kansas. Wichita and Oklahoma City could see between 8 and 10 inches of heavy, wet snow by the time the storm moves out of the region on Saturday evening. The snow storm would come a day before the spring equinox.
A strong cold front also moved through the Dakotas yesterday afternoon. Temperatures started out in the 50s yesterday afternoon and have been steadily dropping overnight and are in the mid 20s this morning. Afternoon highs will remain below freezing today, slowing the snow melt across the Red River Basin today, which was facing large-scale flooding as it continued to rise.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 30s tomorrow afternoon and Sunday. The river is still expected to crest around 38 feet on Sunday, shy of the 40.8 record set last year.