Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm Spreading From Central Rockies to the Plains and Upper Midwest

November 26, 2019

At a Glance
– A snowstorm will continue to track from the Rockies to the Plains and upper Midwest into Wednesday.
– Snow and strong winds will impact pre-Thanksgiving travel.
– Snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches are likely along the path of the storm in the Plains and upper Midwest.
– Up to 2 feet of snow is expected near the Front Range of the Rockies.

A pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm is hammering the Front Range of the Rockies and will spread toward the upper Midwest with wind-driven snow into Wednesday.

The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Dorothy.

Happening Now
Snow is ongoing this morning from Colorado and Wyoming to parts of Nebraska and northwest Kansas.

The Denver metro area has already picked up 7 to 12 inches of snow. Western sections of Boulder, Colorado, have seen up to 20.5 inches. The top storm total so far is 33 inches near Drake, in the foothills southwest of Fort Collins.

A portion of Interstate 80 has been closed in southeast Wyoming. Stretches of Interstate 76 and Interstate 70 have also been closed in northeast Colorado. See the link below for more updates on the impacts from this storm.

Forecast Timing

Tuesday-Tuesday Night
Snow, combined with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph, will cause travel problems in the Central Plains on Tuesday, including southeastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas, southern South Dakota and much of Nebraska. Blowing and drifting snow from this storm will impact stretches of interstates 25, 70 and 80.
The snow and wind will also spread farther northeast across the upper Midwest later Tuesday and Tuesday night. Sioux City, Iowa; Minneapolis; Rochester, Minnesota; and Marquette, Michigan, will all see accumulating snow and strong winds during this time. Travel should be avoided in all of these areas, particularly Tuesday night.

Wednesday
Snow and wind will continue from the upper Mississippi Valley into the northern Great Lakes Wednesday. The strong winds will contribute to more blowing and drifting snow in these areas, resulting in dangerous travel conditions.

The snow will taper off from southwest to northeast during the day. Most of the snow will be done by evening.
Strong winds from the storm will also impact a large area of the Midwest and Great Lakes. Those winds could contribute to flight delays or cause localized power outages.

Snowfall Forecast
Widespread snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are likely along the path of this storm.

This includes an area from northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming to central Nebraska, northwest Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, southeastern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Parts of southeastern Wyoming and northeastern Colorado, including Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, could receive 12 to 20 inches of snowfall from this storm.

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Source: The Weather Channel