Snow arrives tonight; 12+ inches expected

Potential Winter Storm For SE Wyoming Wednesday

Then, snow is expected to continue overnight and a slow Thursday morning commute is possible, Barlow said.

Flights and baseball are being cancelled ahead of a looming spring blizzard in the Rockies.

The latest forecast calls for a winter storm that could produce "heavy snow" buildup and blizzard conditions across the Plains and Midwest starting Tuesday evening.

Colorado is waking up today to anticipation for the hottest new cold-temperature phenomenon - the "bomb cyclone".

The weather system is expected to weaken and push off into the Great Lakes area and northern MI on Friday, bringing rain and snow to the region, the weather service said.

While confidence is high that much of central and eastern South Dakota will get a significant amount of snow and strong wind, there is some uncertainty in regards to when rain will change to snow in Sioux Falls. Forecasters in New Mexico said the winds also would make travel hard on north-south oriented roads such as Interstate 25.

Areas below 9,000 feet in Grand County can now expect between four to eight inches of snow by Thursday, according to the weather service. April 10, however, the city is under a blizzard warning with readings set to plunge to 21, the weather service said. The metro will see a rain/snow mix Wednesday, with a couple of inches of slush as snow and sleet mix in Wednesday night.

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Large hail, damaging winds and perhaps a tornado are likely with some of the storms.

"This may not be your typical blizzard with dry, powdery snow for all of the snow area in the Plains and Upper Midwest", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. The storm's path of 12-plus inches reaches as far north to Duluth and Silver Bay to the east into Wisconsin past Ashland and Hayward. "Intense snowfall with some places receiving as much as 12-24" coupled with wind gusts reaching 50-60 miles per hour on Thursday into Friday morning, major drifting and blowing snow will make travel impossible during that timeframe.

"We usually get a winter storm sometime in April", the National Weather Service's Kari Fleegel told South Dakota Public Broadcasting 's Gary Ellenbolt.

An unusual but not rare weather phenomenon known as "thunder snow" - snow accompanied by thunder and lightning - was reported in central South Dakota. The high winds are expected to create waves of 15-20 feet or more, which is likely to cause flooding, erosion and other damage along the shoreline.

- Wintry weather will make its way across Minnesota over the next three days, but forecasted snow totals vary widely across the region.

Even if this storm doesn't become a bomb cyclone, it's still going to be extremely powerful.

The Weather Service cautioned people in Duluth to stay off breakwalls and away from shorelines or risk being swept away or hit by lofted chunks of ice.

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