Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Snowstorm Blasting Rockies/Adjacent Plains; Cold Front on the Move South...

Snow, some locally heavy, is coming down fast and furious in the central Rockies and adjacent Plains this morning. The rain/snow line is slowly advancing Eastward into western Kansas this morning, and it has been snowing for several hours in southwest and west-central Nebraska, as you can see on the latest radar mosaic above, precipitation is widespread across the region.

Strong, gusty Northerly winds of 20-30 mph with gusts over 40 mph are creating widespread blowing and drifting snow, with near white-out conditions along portions of I-70 between Goodland and Denver.  Travel in this region is highly discouraged.

Blizzard Warnings continue for much of this region today, as shown by the bright orange shaded areas on the images below:

The latest computer model snowfall forecast is shown below.  As you can see, accumulating snow will gradually spread Eastward into portions of western and central Kansas and Nebraska during the day today and into tonight:

Snow will be hard to measure in parts of Colorado and extreme western Kansas today due to the strong winds causing blowing and drifting.  In general, locally heavy amounts of 6-9 inches can be expected across much of the Blizzard Warning area.

If you look closely on the radar image back at the top of the post, you can see the cold front being detected by the Amarillo radar.  Strong, gusty North winds will overspread Northwest and West-Central Texas this morning as the front progresses Southward.  Widespread blowing dust is possible in this region, and visibility may be reduced at times as a result.

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