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    Central Plains, Eastern Colorado Snowstorm on the Way

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    February 02, 2012, 3:18:36 AM EST

    A storm dropping southeastward will target the central Plains late this week, producing a swath of heavy snow, stiff winds and poor travel conditions.

    As the storm moves along the Rockies from north to south, a few inches of snow will go along with it from the Bitterroots to the Tetons, Wasatch and Colorado Rockies through Wednesday.

    The storm will reorganize late in the week over the southern Plains and should be in position to unload heavy snow from portions of eastern Colorado to northwestern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. Part of this area has the potential to receive a foot of snow from this storm.

    For now, it appears that travel along long stretches of I-70, I-80 and I-75 in the region will become slow to difficult spanning Thursday night into Friday night.


    Exactly where the the storm becomes situated after fighting with the Rockies will determine not only where the heaviest snow falls, but how far north-south and east-west the snow area extends.

    For now, Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo in Colorado, Grand Island and McCook in Nebraska and Goodland in Kansas appear to be in the heart of the storm's snow area.

    It is possible accumulating snow reaches as far to the northeast across Nebraska and into Iowa or could dip southward into the Oklahoma and northern Texas panhandles and perhaps more into northern New Mexico.

    In some areas that wind up with the greatest snow from the storm, the event is likely to begin as rain. As we often see with storms over the region, colder air will invade as the storm progresses.

    The storm system will bring not only drenching rain to portions of the South Central states, but also severe thunderstorms, especially in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

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