A push of cold air and a moderate storm system will bring snow to the the Rockies, as well as a freeze-up to part of the High Plains this weekend.
Cold air will take the plunge from north to south over part of the Great Basin, the Rockies and High Plains this weekend. Temperatures will be slashed by 20 to 40 degrees across the region, when compared to much of this past week.
According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "Around Denver and many other locations along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, this will bring the coldest weather of the season so far and since early last February."
As is sometimes the case with a press of cold air, snow will fall during the transition.
"While a huge amount of snow is not forecast, up to a few inches of snow from Cheyenne, southward to Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo can partially melt then quickly freeze later Saturday into Saturday night," Clark said.
Even a light coating of snow followed by a rapid freeze up can make for very slippery, dangerous travel.
The storm will split into two parts. One will veer eastward across the northern Plains. Another will drop southward across the southern Rockies and southern Plains.
A half a foot of snow or more could fall on some of the ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and northern New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday. But, it all depends on how much of the moisture remain with the southern storm system.
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The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
While millions flock to beaches around the world to spend time in ocean waters every year, the number of shark attacks continues to rise.
The Sommerwerft Theater Festival in Frankfurt will join western and southern Germany in enduring daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms into early next week.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.
Columbus, OH (1979)
This is the first year in 101 years of record keeping at Columbus in which the temperature has not reached 90 degrees by July 23rd.