March 19th, 2010
07:52 AM ET

Winter storm to slam rockies, Red River flood watch

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.

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  1. Lawrence

    I have been watching the news of flooding in North Dakota and Minn. I had lived in North Dakota but not on or near the Red. I know their winers, bad news. I have lived in South Dakota as well and in towns with rivers running throught them. When the ice and snow melts, it hits the fan. Now they are going to get some more? I live in South Carolina now and the recent snows and rains have caused havoc here too. fortunately I live on the high ground.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lawrence

    Well here it is, Saturday morning and I am wondering what happened. Winter is boss this year. The Calendars may say spring begins on a certain day but old man winter has other ideas about that. Texas isn't immune to hard winters either. I know, cause I lived there for a long time too. And winter isn't limited to certain times of the year either. They have what is commonly called "Blue Northers," I am sure other states have them as well. A blue norther can hit very unexpectedly. When I was working in the Texas oil the middle of May one year it was blistering hot in the morning and by mid afternoon it was blowing snow and cokder then the proverbail well diggers backside–and we were not dressed for it.

    I have seen snow blizzards in the pan handle, with ice that covered everything as much as an inch thiick ice, So going south from the northern states ain't the way to get away from harsh winters and flooding. Been there and seen that.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |