Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Snow, bitter cold temps to blast central states
Forget fall. Portions of the central U.S. will feel downright winterlike over the next few days as a potent snowstorm and bitter cold takes aim on the region.
The powerful system is expected to produce heavy snow, as much as 12 inches, from the north-central Rockies into the northern Plains, the National Weather Service said. Winter storm warnings and watches are already widespread across the region, all the way from Idaho to Minnesota.
Significant travel impacts, tree damage and sporadic power outages will be possible where the heaviest snow occurs, the weather service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, warned.
Both Denver and Minneapolis could see their first snow of the season.
Temperatures will also plunge by as much as 60 degrees in the span of 12 to 24 hours as the cold air swiftly replaces preceding mild conditions, AccuWeather said.
“Within 48 hours, Denver may go from 80 degrees and sunshine on Tuesday to 20 degrees and snow Wednesday night,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
The snowstorm will come in two parts: According to AccuWeather, after the first part of the storm clobbers the northern and central Rockies and High Plains into Thursday, the second part of the storm will ramp up over the eastern portions of the Dakotas to western Minnesota late this week.