Rockies, Midwest bracing for wintery blast, lower temps

It may be spring, but winter is making a comeback.

Up to two feet of snow is forecast for parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska by Sunday night, while several Midwestern states and the south central U.S. will receive a cold blast that could drive temperatures in some regions to record April lows.

In Colorado, rain turned into snow as temperatures plunged from the low 70s Saturday. The front range of the Rocky Mountains was expected to get 8 to 16 inches of snow, with up to a half-foot in Denver, according to Denver TV station KUSA. Temperatures are expected to fall into the upper teens by Sunday night, with wind gusts of up to 25 mph.

Heavy snow and strong winds closed a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie Sunday morning, where up to 8 inches were expected. A winter advisory has also been issued for southern Montana, with up to two feet of snow could fall in upper elevations, according to the National Weather Service.

The cold front is expected to chill much of the Midwest by Tuesday, with temperatures dropping to near freezing and below freezing from Illinois to Texas, with temperatures dropping up to 20 degrees or more below normal.

A wave of Saturday thunderstorms that blew thorough Michigan left nearly 175,000 homes and business without power Sunday. A series of thunderstorms could dump more rain and hail in the Midwest and South Sunday afternoon. Temperatures across Texas and Oklahoma are expected to dip into the 20s Monday morning.


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