That, plus melting of any snowpack left behind in the days after the storm, would only aggravate and prolong the ongoing flooding. A storm can shift directions at any time, which could be the case in the upcoming storm.
National Weather Service hydrologists calculate river levels by measuring the soil's moisture, how much snow is on the ground, the current and forecasted temperatures and what precipitation is expected to come. The NWS forecast included snowfall amounts of between 15-23 inches for Pipestone County.
More winter weather is on the way to Utah Tuesday, and heavy snow is likely at the higher elevations. 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. Both storm number two and storm number three are quick hitting; they combine for abut 4 inches for the southeastern part of the Midwest. Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings, and high wind watches have been posted out west with this system for more than a dozen states.
In Denver the Blizzard Warning goes from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday.
WHAT.Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 8 inches possible.
How does this snowstorm compare to past years?
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Breckenridge should anticipate snow this morning, with winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour later in the day and a total accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Eastbound travel on I-80 could be severely affected.
High wind watches and warnings extend from California into Texas and Oklahoma. The storms, which have been building up over the Rockies, will pummel the region Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said.
"Travel could be very hard". Heavy snow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions. The Wednesday evening commute will be very hard if not impossible.
Wednesday morning/afternoon: Southwestern Minnesota will see slushy snow, the Twin Cities will see a spotty mix of scattered rain showers with highs in the 40s and western Minnesota will see accumulating snow. "The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning and evening commute", the weather service said in an alert Sunday morning.
The heavy snow will begin Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis. A high near 35 degrees is expected and it will be windy-with wind gusts as high as 35-45 miles per hour. But by 3 p.m. today?
The James River, the Big Sioux River and the Minnesota River may flood. The latest update predicts falling river levels to stop dropping and level off this week. A few driveways also may be covered in water in the Cedarbrook neighborhood, the weather service reported.