Another Snowstorm Targets the Rockies and Black Hills

By , Senior Meteorologist
October 13, 2013; 11:07 AM ET
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The third storm in 10 days may target areas from Wyoming and Colorado to the northern High Plains into Tuesday.

While how much snow, rain and wind will affect specific areas are dependent on the exact track and strength of the storm, enough snow could fall on parts of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and western South Dakota to cause travel problems.

Early indications are that 3 to 6 inches can fall on the mountains in Wyoming, northeastern Utah, Colorado, and the Black Hills of South Dakota to perhaps a coating to an inch of snow over the High Plains in the Dakotas. A foot of snow can fall on the highest elevations in the region.

If you have any travel plans on area interstates such as I-90 through the Black Hills or I-25 from Casper to Billings, snow levels will lower with the storm on Monday.

If you must travel through the storm, be sure to have a full tank of gas in your vehicle. A cell phone charger, flashlight, a shovel, ice scraper and a blanket are also a good idea to have on hand should you get stranded.

Much of Wyoming, northern Colorado and western South Dakota were hit by a blizzard Oct. 3 and 4, 2013, with up to 4 feet of snow falling on the Black Hills.

A slightly warmer storm brought heavy rain, high winds and thunderstorms to part of the same area Oct. 10 and 11, 2013.

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Rapid City, S.D., was one of the cities smack in the middle of both storms during the first part of October. After receiving about 2 feet of snow from the first storm, windswept rain, winds gusting between 50 and 60 mph and RealFeel® temperatures in the 20s hit the area Friday.

Denver escaped the full fury of both storms but managed to get a little snow and gusty winds from the first storm and 50-mph wind gusts from the second storm. The Mile High City should once again escape the worst as this next storm passes by to the north.

The storm will bring a chilly rain to other cities farther to the east over the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest including, Huron, S.D.; Fargo, N.D.; and Minneapolis.


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